The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812. It follows a three-year restoration project and is the first time the Constitution has been to sea on its own since its 200th birthday in 1997.
USS CONSTITUTION, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, promotes the United States Navy and America’s naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations, in port and underway.
Launched 1797. USS Constitution was the third of her class constructed at Edmund Hartt's shipyard, Boston, MA. Early years spent in local waters, protecting merchantmen from French marauders. Best remembered for her decisive conquests against British ships during the war of 1812, where she gained her nickname 'Old Ironsides'. Served until 1881.