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Launched in 1798, the beautifully preserved USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Known as
Old Ironsides, because during the War of 1812, when she fought the British Frigate HMS Guerriere cannonballs bounced off her sides — as if she were made of iron.
One of six frigates recommended by Secretary of War Henry Knox and approved by Congress in 1794, USS Constitution was put to sea, after two false starts, four years later. The durability of Constitution is attributed to a three-layer sandwich of wood. The ship’s copper fastenings were constructed by Paul Revere.
Open to the public for guided tours.
Part of the Freedom Trail™.