• 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…

  • 10 Fascinating Facts About the USS Constitution
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    10 Fascinating Facts About the USS Constitution

    In 1797 an act of Congress created the United States Navy and authorized the construction of six frigates to fill the role of its capital ships. Three of the frigates were designed to be the heaviest and most powerfully armed ships of their type ever built. They were President, United States, and Constitution. A fourth, Chesapeake, was planned, but later reduced in size during construction. Named by President Washington they included innovative designs in their framing, were built of materials including southern live oak, and carried (by design) 44 guns, though in practice they each carried many more. The ships were the centerpiece of a fleet built to protect American…