Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday.


Today is George Washington’s birthday. He was born on this day in 1732. That’s 288 years, for those of you who are wondering. The USS Constitution had a 21-gun salute to President Washington on Presidents’ Day this past Monday. I visited to take some pictures and was allowed to photograph from the gun deck. They used a single cannon and fired it 21 times. This is an image of one of the crew firing the cannon. Other crew members and guests also fired it. There is a short video below.
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16 thoughts on “Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. I think in reality a single sailor could fire this. This gun is fired every night at sundown and there is likely a much smaller group of sailors. This was a special occasion and also the last big event for the commanding officer who is rotating off the ship next week. He invited his family and a few others to fire the canon. That’s why there were so many people. Have a great day.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I think this is a more modern cannon than the original ones which are also on the gun deck. Those are all loaded through the muzzle and would take much longer and involve moving the gun to load it and then repositioning it. That would take time and effort, though 19th century crews were likely very experienced and efficient.

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  1. Alexandra

    you are tireless photographing so many different events and places 🙂 is it celebrated annually with the cannon shots? the video is so cool, that last boy was so happy to fire the shot… 🙂

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  2. Sarah

    What a cool event! It’s great they let you on the gundeck to take pics and a video! I was preparing myself that the cannon shot would be much louder but it was okay – was it worse there? Did you also have to wear ear protection?

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