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USS Constitution
The oldest commissioned warship in the world became known as "Old Ironsides" during the war of 1812 when she fought the British Frigate H.M.S. Guerriere and a cannonball fired at the U.S.S. Constitution merely "bounced off" as if she were made of iron. In fact the Constitution is made of a three-layer sandwich of wood from all across America. Her "ironsides" are white oak from New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; her frame is the dependable live oak from Saint Simons Island off Georgia; and her masts are yellow pine from Georgia and the Carolinas.The ship is permanently berthed in Boston harbor and ventures out two times a year. Today, it is still a fully commissioned ship, with its own crew and commander.

"Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!"

--Sailor aboard the Guerriere, whose exclamation gave Constitution her nickname

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April 1-October 31: Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM - 5:50 PM.
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Address 24 5th St Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone (617) 242-5670
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