Old Ironsides Sails August 19, 2012

In honor of the 200th anniversary of her victory over the British frigate HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812, the first of five victories that the USS Constitution racked up against British men of war, the USS Constitution sailed on August 19, 2012.  Commission in 1797, Old Ironsides, so nicknamed because in the egagement with the Guerriere British cannon balls were seen bouncing of her hull, is the oldest continuously commissioned warship in the world.  She was saved from the scap heap in 1830 by this stirring poem written by Oliver Wendell Holmes who roused the public to demand that she be saved: (more…)

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