The USS Constitution, otherwise known as “Old Ironsides,” is the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy and the oldest warship in the world! She just celebrated 225 years with the most recent crew and a special undocking after several decades on display. The ship launched back in 1797 and retired from active service in 1881.
If you’re not a history buff, the USS Constitution is that gigantic ship over in Charlestown “pahked” at the Navy Ship “Yahd.” Maybe now you recognize her from the distinguished colorful flag landscaping.
The ship is infamously known as “Old Ironsides” due to the war of 1812 in which even enemy cannonballs weren’t strong enough to dent this beauty, according to NPS. Back then, the boat docked in the North End at Hartt’s Shipyard, not too far away from its current location.
141 years after retirement, the boat was undocked for its 225th birthday on Friday, October 21, 2022. Past crew members enjoyed a special ride from Charlestown around the Boston Harbor. US Coast Guard members protected the ship as it cruised along Boston’s waters. The festivities ended with a block party by the museum filled with cake, themed mini-golf, and trivia!
“Old Ironsides” is the centerpiece of the USS Constitution Museum in Charleston’s Navy Yard. There you can learn more about the boat and even tour the docked USS Constitution. Sorry, looks like boat cruises are only for past sailors!
Find the USS Constitution Museum and Old Ironsides at:
Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
Friday-Sunday: 10 AM- 5 PM