U.S.S. Constitution

The U.S.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship that is still afloat. Launched in 1797, it fought with distinction in the War of 1812. Over time it became a training ship, ambassador to other nations, and museum. It is still a U.S. Naval vessel and helps to promote the understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace.

Currently, it is in dry dock. If you were 219 years old, you might need a bit of work also. Tours still occur daily. The former US Navy Yard where she is berthed is also interesting to roam around with a visitor center, museum and some great old architecture.

13 thoughts on “U.S.S. Constitution

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      She looks absolutely magnificent when all together and fully rigged. They put sails on her and took her along the coast a few years back. I’m not sure if they will do it again. They were beginning to question the wisdom of actually sailing a vessel of her age.

      1. Miss Gentileschi

        I can only imagine what it must have looked like! Sailing ships are the most beautiful of all, I feel:) But I agree with those who are responsible for this beauty – best not to take any more risks. Cheers! 🙂

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Our country’s constitution (legal document stating our form of government) had recently been passed when she was built. It must have been in its honor. Thank you. =)


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