• Colonial Boston Map, Faneuil Hall and the Charlestown Navy Yard skyline

    Boston

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

USS Constitution

USS Constitution firing her cannons.
Following the Revolution, the nation's citizens proved their willingness to defend their newfound freedom and economic independence through the development and support of a navy. From 1800 to 1974, Charlestown Navy Yard built, repaired, and outfitted U.S. naval vessels. Today the yard is home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, and the USS Constitution Museum. USS Cassin Young, refitted and modernized in the yard's drydock, represents the type of ship built in the yard during World War II.

USS Constitution is operated by the U.S. Navy in cooperation with the National Park Service. Learn more about Constitution by visiting the USS Constitution.

The USS Constitution Museum is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard near the ship.

The Naval Historical Center Detachment Boston, housed in Building 24 in the Charlestown Navy Yard is responsible for the maintenance, repair and restoration of USS Constitution.

Admission: Free

Did You Know?

Colonial Boston Docks

Owning a shop to sell sewing supplies was one of the few occupations available to women in 18th century Boston. Many women were widowed by the French & Indian War and supported their families by working in the sewing trades. By 1770 over 70 shop-owning women in Boston were called "She-Merchants."