Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest ship still floating in the entire world. Docked near Boston, Massachusetts, this ship is an important vessel in the history of the United States. Also called Old Ironsides, the ship has witnessed several wars including the War of 1812 and the American Civil War.
Most notably remembered for her action seen during the War of 1812, Old Ironsides defeated several British Naval Ships. One of the most famous of those ships was the British HMS Guerriere. The USS Constitution sunk this ship on August 19, 1812, bringing the shipwrecked survivors aboard before returning to Boston.
Over the years the ship has also served as a training and receiving ship. The USS Constitution was officially retired in 1881 after nearly 100 years in service. It was turned into a museum in 1907.
For three years beginning in 1934, the ship sailed around the United States visiting port cities and welcoming visitors to learn about her story. The ship sailed two more times in 1997 for its 200th Anniversary and again in 2012 for the 200th Anniversary of sinking the HMS Guerriere.
Today, the ship is proudly docked at a Naval Shipyard and operated by active enlisted Navy members. The ship provides tours and guides share the story of this significant artifact in American history.
The USS Constitution is located within Charlestown Navy Yard near Boston in Massachusetts.
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