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The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812. It follows a three-year restoration project and is the first time the Constitution has been to sea on its own since its 200th birthday in 1997.

Navy's oldest commissioned warship to sail again

The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812. It follows a three-year restoration project and is the first time the Constitution has been to sea on its own since its 200th birthday in 1997.

USS CONSTITUTION, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, promotes the United States Navy and America’s naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations, in port and underway.

USS CONSTITUTION, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, promotes the United States Navy and America’s naval heritage through educational outreach, public access and historic demonstrations, in port and underway.

Launched 1797. USS Constitution was the third of her class constructed at Edmund Hartt's shipyard, Boston, MA. Early years spent in local waters, protecting merchantmen from French marauders.  Best remembered for her decisive conquests against British ships during the war of 1812, where she gained her nickname 'Old Ironsides'.  Served until 1881.

Launched 1797. USS Constitution was the third of her class constructed at Edmund Hartt's shipyard, Boston, MA. Early years spent in local waters, protecting merchantmen from French marauders. Best remembered for her decisive conquests against British ships during the war of 1812, where she gained her nickname 'Old Ironsides'. Served until 1881.

The USS Constitution is escorted by a tugboat in Boston Harbor in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. The USS Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned war ship

The USS Constitution is escorted by a tugboat in Boston Harbor in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. The USS Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned war ship

USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts. A wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy; most famous for actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships. Also known as 'Old Ironsides'. Berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.

USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts. A wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy; most famous for actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships. Also known as 'Old Ironsides'. Berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.

USS Constitution, Old Iron Sides under full sail. While engaged in a dramatic naval victory, the USS Constitution earned her nickname "Old Ironsides" when an unnamed sailor said, "Huzzah, Her sides are made of iron

USS Constitution, Old Iron Sides under full sail. While engaged in a dramatic naval victory, the USS Constitution earned her nickname "Old Ironsides" when an unnamed sailor said, "Huzzah, Her sides are made of iron

USS Constitution ship blueprint - 24 x 36 art print  https://www.etsy.com/listing/152127626/uss-constitution-ship-blueprint-16-x-20?ref=shop_home_active_9

USS Constitution ship blueprint - 24 x 36 art print https://www.etsy.com/listing/152127626/uss-constitution-ship-blueprint-16-x-20?ref=shop_home_active_9

The USS Constitution lets off a full salvo in this picture. She's the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat! Don't miss the chance to see her by sea through Boston's Best Cruises! (Ahoy 1812 -- Boston's Best Cruises)

The USS Constitution lets off a full salvo in this picture. She's the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat! Don't miss the chance to see her by sea through Boston's Best Cruises! (Ahoy 1812 -- Boston's Best Cruises)