A piece of seafaring history in Boston

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by VanessaK on July 24, 2011

By the time we had finished touring the USS Cassin Young, the line to the USS Constitution had diminished. We were in line probably 20 minutes before we were able to board. You are able to look around yourself or you can opt to go with a guided tour. There are uniformed men and women available for tours or to answer your questions. Admission for either choice is free and can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday and most major holidays. We chose to look around ourselves since we had a plane to catch but I have loved to hear its history as you tour this gorgeous ship. I found the ship lovely in this dark, polished wood and white sails. It is a beauty and well as a masterpiece.

The USS Constitution is the oldest frigate or floating warship. Its first sailing was in 1797. She made to trip from Boston to the Mediterranean Sea protecting others from pirates. Although the USS Constitution was made entirely out of wood, it must have been very hard wood because the ship received the nickname "Old Ironside" from all the cannon balls and bullets that just bounced off her sides. She was never damaged beyond repair in the 200 years since her first sail.

Today she sits in the Boston National Historic Park alongside the USS Cassin Young. She is taken out on special occasions such as the annual 4th of July Festivities, as well as a few Navy activities. Since she has undergone such restoration, she is the jewel of the harbor. It is said to be quite a sight to see this 200 year old ship sail quietly in all her glory.
USS Constitution
Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, Massachusetts, 2129
(617) 242-5642


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