This three-masted heavy frigate is a gorgeous addition to the Boston Naval Shipyard and gives guests an up-close and personal look at what sailors in the 1800s did on a day-to-day basis. With a rich history of service to the United States, the USS Constitution saw many wars and battles over its time as an active warship, yet it still thrives today as the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. As the USS Constitution is a true commissioned vessel, it still has a mission which is to encourage understanding of the Navy’s duties concerning war and peace. This teaching of naval ways happens through public events, outreach programs, historic demonstrations and public access.
With free tours and a crew of 60 officer and listed personnel on board, the USS Constitution is open year round to guests and the program is orchestrated by the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston. One of the primary goals of the detachment is to ensure that the ship stays as true to the 1812 setup of the ship as possible, even if only an estimated 10-15 percent of the original materials used in the building of this ship are still a part of it.
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