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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
July 8, 2011
From journal Going to Boston!
November 8, 2006
On our wanderings around Boston, while on the Freedom Trail, we crossed the bridge over the Charles River and entered Charleston. In Charleston, we had the opportunity to board and view the USS Constitution. For a ship built in 1794, it is a beauty. The wood is in spit shine shape, the paint looks fresh, and it is impossible to believe that this ship is over 200 years old.
For a ship this old it is hard to believe it not only still keeps water out, but continues to actively sail around Boston. While on our whale trip we caught sight of it out of port, and were really excited to see all 4 masts with sails up. While the USS Constitution still currently sails it is slotted to be put into dry dock soon.
When in port, the USS Constitution is available to board and view. There are two tour options available. The first is a do-it-yourself tour of the top deck. There are Navy officers available to answer questions about the boat; however, this is more have a quick look around at the cannons and such. The other option is a 30-minute tour that includes both the top deck and the deck below. This tour is lead by a naval official who tells you about the history and life on the USS Constitution and takes place about every 30 minutes.
The USS Constitution is made from live oak wood. This is a particularly hard type of wood and led to it acquiring its nickname, Old Ironsides. In the War of 1812, during cannon fire, the cannonballs bounced off with such force and observer stated, "It must be made of iron." It is open during the summer from Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5:50pm, and during the winter from Thursday through Sunday 10am to 3:50pm. It is a free attraction.
It is important also to note since September 11, there are security procedures that you must adhere to prior to being allowed entrance to the it. Make sure you allot enough time to get through security and to view the ship. We did not allow enough time and felt rushed during our visit to the ship. I would love to go back when I wasn't trying to rush to another location. The website for the USS Constitution is www.ussconstitution.navy.mil
In my opinion this is a great attraction for the whole family. Kids will love to visit the ship and dream of pirate adventures, while the adults are wrapped up in it true history.
From journal A Historic Visit on Labor Day Weekend
by Free Spirit
July 26, 2000
From journal Boston on the 4th!
January 19, 2002
Also take the time to stop in the USS Constitution Museum. Admission is free as the museum depends upon donations to continue operating (They suggest a donation of $2 per adult). We enjoyed walking through the rooms with sailors’ journals on display that chronicled their famous ship’s voyages. Many artifacts from exotic ports such as Madagascar, Singapore, Zanzibar and Malaysia can be seen. As we live near Atlanta, we were also proud to see the white oak from which the backbone of the USS Constitution was made was taken from the sea islands of Georgia. This white oak helped earn the ship its nickname of "Old Ironsides" as English cannonballs seemed unable to damage the hull during the War of 1812.
The gift shop in the museum is also worth a look. I was very surprised and happy to see the shop carries newly printed editions of historical novels by Kenneth Roberts. I thought his books were out of print, but it appears a small publishing company has picked them up again. If you get the chance to read one of his novels, do so!! Books such as Rabble in Arms and Arundel truly bring American history to life—perfect companions for anyone delving into the US’s past while also exploring Boston.
From journal A Couple in Boston
July 24, 2011
From journal Day in Boston
December 29, 2005
The USS Constitution is docked in the historical Navy Yard in Boston 364 days a year now, but this was not always so. The ship helped to prove the United States as a naval powerhouse in battles in the West Indies with France in the early 1800s. During the War of 1812 with England, the USS Constitution earned a surprising victory over the Royal Navy's best ship, withstanding numerous direct hits. This victory earned the USS Constitution the nickname "Old Ironsides," which is still commonly used when describing the ship today.
Thanks to wonderful preservation and restoration techniques, the USS Constitution is still a great example of US Naval history. The Naval Historical Center has done its research to make sure that the Constitution today looks as it did during the War of 1812. The barracks, figurehead, and wood work have all been documented and restored. It is because of their efforts that visitors today can experience this historical time capsule.
The USS Constitution is open for visitors Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm on all but major holidays. Admission is free and tours are given every half hour by the staff. Tours guide visitors through the spar, gun, berth, and orlop decks and they are given by a truly informative perspective. They are great for any history buff, curious visitor, or even children.
Every year, the USS Constitution departs its dock momentarily on July 4th for it's annual turnaround cruise. In order to get on the boat for this ride, you need to be selected via lottery. If you're one of the lucky few to win a spot, you're in for a rare treat. To enter the lottery, go to www.ussconstitution.navy.mil for more information.
From journal Historic Charlestown