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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

USS Constitution

Boston National Historical Park

 

—Charlestown Navy Yard —

 
USS Constitution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
1. USS Constitution Marker
Inscription. Launched in 1797, USS Constitution set sail the next year on the world’s oceans to protect American commerce. Her victories soon earned her a permanent place in United States naval history.

On August 19, 1812, USS Constitution took on the British frigate HMS Guerriere. A half hour of intense combat maimed the British ship. According to legend, as the cannon balls of HMS Guerriere bounced harmlessly off the oak-planked sides of USS Constitution, a sailor exclaimed, “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!” Ever since, USS Constitution has enjoyed the affectionate nickname, “Old Ironsides.”

Even after her fighting days were over, USS Constitution continued to represent her country. She cruised around the world in 1844-46, covering 52,000 miles in 852 days. Now berthed permanently in the Charlestown Navy Yard, she is the nation’s oldest commissioned warship.
 
Erected by Boston National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 42° 22.351′ N, 71° 3.44′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts
USS Constitution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, December 31, 2016
2. USS Constitution Marker
Marker inside the USS Constitution
, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, near the USS Constitution. Marker is in this post office area: Charlestown MA 02129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paul Revere’s Landing (a few steps from this marker); Paul Revere (a few steps from this marker); Gate One, Charlestown Navy Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); "A state of perfect chaos" (within shouting distance of this marker); Tudor Wharves (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlestown Navy Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Bunker Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commander Barry Carle (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains a picture of the USS Constitution at sea, courtesy of the USS Constitution Museum. The upper right contains a picture of the Constitution in a battle with the Guerriere. The captions for the pictures are “(Left) Under sail. The campaign to restore ‘Old Ironsides’ in 1927 sold more than one million prints of this painting by Gordon Grant. (Above) Undefeated. USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere.” The bottom left
Marker in Charleston Navy Yard	 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
3. Marker in Charleston Navy Yard
of the marker contains pictures of various men who served on USS Constitution. It has the caption “The battle years. Shifting nearly an acre of sailcloth was strenuous work, even when not under fire. The U.S. Navy relied on 450 men and boys, from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, to maneuver this 204-foot-long wooden fortress.” The bottom right features a recent photo of “The crew today. U.S. Navy personnel, in uniforms reminiscent of the War of 1812, tell the story of ‘Old Ironsides’ to a million visitors each year.”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Constitution history. Official Web site of USS Constitution "Old Ironsides". (Submitted on April 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Original Six Frigates of the United States Navy. (Submitted on November 7, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. U.S. Frigate [USF]; First Barbary War; Quasi-War with France.
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
USS Constitution with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
4. USS Constitution with Marker
The USS Constitution can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
USS Constitution image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
5. USS Constitution
The USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
"Old Ironsides" image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
6. "Old Ironsides"
The USS Constitution berthed at the Charleston Navy Yard.
Below Deck on the USS Constitution image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
7. Below Deck on the USS Constitution
USS Constitution Sleeping Area image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
8. USS Constitution Sleeping Area
USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, circa 1995
9. USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")
USS Constitution image. Click for full size.
By Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens, USN, July 21, 1997
10. USS Constitution
under sail in Boston Harbor, 1997.
USS Constitution Commanding Officers Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, December 31, 2016
11. USS Constitution Commanding Officers Plaque
Located adjacent to USS Constitution Marker
USS Constitution Officers Room image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, December 31, 2016
12. USS Constitution Officers Room
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,211 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   9, 10. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   11, 12. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 11, 2017.
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