The oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world still calls her birthplace—Boston—home. Launched in 1797 from Hartt's shipyard in the North End, Constitution was one of six original frigates that formed the core of the fledgling United States Navy in the 1790s. During the War of 1812, she earned a legendary reputation in battle, defeating four British frigates. Today she is America's "Ship of State." On special occasions each year, she undergoes turn-around cruises in Boston Harbor.
Charlestown Navy Yard
Oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
National Historic Landmark; Freedom Trail Site; Part of Boston National Historical Park
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Last updated: April 7, 2021