• USS Constitution’s Keel
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    USS Constitution’s Keel

    well that’s not something I do every day, I’ve just walked under the keel of USS Constitution. The keel of this ship, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, is 220 years old. You might be able to detect, as you can see over my shoulder, there’s a slight curvature to the keel of this vessel, about a six-inch curvature known as a hog in the keel. It’s not something that one needs to be greatly concerned over but given the age of the keel, and the excessive weight that the ship carries at different times that keel is going to have a slight bend or curve to it.…

  • Celebrating 4th of July aboard USS Constitution
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    Celebrating 4th of July aboard USS Constitution

    DOUG:DOUG: WELCOME ABOARD THE USS CONSTITUTION IN THE MIDDLE OF BOSTON HARBOR. WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY THAN ON BOARD THE OLDEST COMMISSIONED WARSHIP IN THE U.S. NAVY? I GUESS YOU COULD SAY WE STARTED OFF THIS FOURTH OF JULY WITH A BANG. IT WAS LOUD DOWN BELOW IN THOSE DECKS BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO IN THE MILITARY A 21 GUN SALUT IT HAPPENED OFF OF CASTLE ISLAND IN SOUTH BOSTON. ABOUT 150 FOLKS FROM ACROSS THE NATION THAT ENTERED A LOTTERY TICKET. THEY WERE AL INVITED TO BRING SOMEBODY WITH THEM ON BOARD AN ASSORTMENT OF VIPS AND…

  • Emotional, patriotic ceremony held aboard USS Constitution
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    Emotional, patriotic ceremony held aboard USS Constitution

    MORE ON THE EMOTIONAL DAY IN CHARLESTOWN.>>♪ OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWNS EARLY LIGH ♪ ♪ >>WE ARE ALL HERE, ALL OF US, EVERYONE BECAUSE OF AN IDE THE GREAT POET ARCHIBALD MCLEISH HAD THIS ABOUT DEMOCRACY ‘ ’DEMOCRACY IS NEVER ANYTHING DONE IT’S SOMETHING A NATI MUST ALWAYS BE DOING.’ THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE.>>APPLICANTS OF CITIZENSHIP PLEASE RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER M THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFE THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SO HELP ME GOD.>>CONGRATULATIONS.>>♪ AMERICA, AMERICA ♪ ♪ >>IT’S VERY EMOTIONAL. I FEEL PART OF THE NATION NOW. IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME TO SERVE AMERICA.>>IT’S…