on July 26, 2000
Although we arrived a little late in the afternoon, we were able to board the top deck where we had a view of Boston across the river. The ship is majestic. (I would suggest beginning the Freedom Trail walk sometime around 9 A.M. at the Bunker/Breed's Hill Monument site, which overlooks the area where "Old Ironsides" is docked. We had begun our walk at the other end of the red-lined Freedom Trail after we had visited The Museum of Fine Arts, which is not part of the Freedom Trail. However, it gave us a real sense of accomplishment to complete the walk along the red line after we were pretty tired.) Admission to the ship and to the excellent naval museum beside it was free. There was a long line of people waiting to board, but the line moved rapidly, and while we waited, there was a live and free musical with actors in naval costumes being presented in the large open area beside the ship. Boarding the ship was our favorite activity along the red-line Freedom Trail. The exhibits and information in the museum gave us a new understanding about the voyages and the preservation of this national treasure.
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