USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts. A wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy; most famous for actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships. Also known as 'Old Ironsides'. Berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.
The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday 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.
In July 1812, a Royal Navy squadron upon sighting the lone USS Constitution, gave chase. Broke's squadron consisted of the 64-gun HMS Africa and the frigates Shannon, Aeolus, Belvidera. The wind died away, leaving all vessels wallowing in the sea. Constitution deployed towboats and jettisoned cargo to lighten the ship, while Broke gave chase, ordering boats to pull Shannon. As the day wore on, Constitution slowly pulled away. The Constitution's Flight, is by USCG officer Anton Fischer