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USS CONSTITUTION

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Oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world

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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.

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USS Constitution - Boston National Historical Park

United States Navy and the USS Constitution

Last updated: April 7, 2021