USS Constitution to sail under own power for second time in over a century – CBS News

The world’s oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway 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.

Before that, it hadn’t sailed under its own power since 1881. The Constitution is periodically tugged into the harbor for historical display.

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3 thoughts on “USS Constitution to sail under own power for second time in over a century – CBS News”

  1. Reblogged this on joeccombs2nd and commented:
    Yupper !!! The first time it was escorted on a tour of South America by the submarine USS City of Corpus Christi SSN-705. I was not on the boat then, but I was on the commissioning crew for that submarine (I arrived in 1981 and left in 1984).

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