We are excited to do another collaboration post, this time with our Instagram friend, Remington Violet, who is showing off the USS Constitution in Charlestown, Mass.
Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned Navy ship in the United States. Early on, the British Royal Navy protected the thirteen American colonies from pirates and foreign navies. But once America gained independence, they were on their own and in 1794, Congress authorized the first six warships.
Each of them were built at different seaports, with the USS Constitution being built in Boston. The ship embarked on its first cruise the following year when the Quasi-War with France began, and later fended off pirates in the Mediterranean.
However, the Constitution really showed off its stuff during the War of 1812 when it defeated four British frigates in three separate battles. The ship earned the name “Old Ironsides” because of its seemingly impenetrable shell, which never succumbed to enemies cannonballs.
Charlestown Navy Yard was established in 1800 and has been home base for the Constitution for more than 200 years. On occasion, the massive boat sails in the Boston Harbor during special events and anniversaries.
A Naval crew and officers still serve on the ship today. Old Ironsides is open for public tours daily; admission is free, but donations are appreciated.