USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum The Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with exhibits and programs for all ages. The USS Constitution Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with exhibits and programs for all ages.
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The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are operated by different organizations. See the Ship's website (http://www.navy.mil/local/constitution/) for the most up-to-date information about the Ship's public visitation hours.

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Last chance to vote! The Museum is up for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site. Please vote by the end o...
05/17/2021

Last chance to vote! The Museum is up for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site. Please vote by the end of today, May 17, at bit.ly/32wOMKc.

Last chance to vote! The Museum is up for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site. Please vote by the end of today, May 17, at bit.ly/32wOMKc.

Meet the Captains! ⚓️ Join us on Thursday, May 27 at 4pm ET for a FREE virtual discussion with some of USS Constitution'...
05/16/2021
At the Helm: Captains of Constitution - USS Constitution Museum

Meet the Captains! ⚓️ Join us on Thursday, May 27 at 4pm ET for a FREE virtual discussion with some of USS Constitution's current and former commanders, who will share what it's like to lead the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. Register now! bit.ly/3hui6cO

On Thursday, May 27 at 4:00pm ET, join the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution for an insightful conversation with four of “Old Ironsides'” current and former commanding officers. From 1797 to today, just over 70 individuals have had the unique honor of leading this iconic wooden sailin...

Happy #ArmedForcesDay! We are honored to once again participate in the #BlueStarMuseums program. From now until Labor Da...
05/15/2021

Happy #ArmedForcesDay! We are honored to once again participate in the #BlueStarMuseums program. From now until Labor Day, admission is #free for currently-serving military personnel and their families.

Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸

Happy #ArmedForcesDay! We are honored to once again participate in the #BlueStarMuseums program. From now until Labor Day, admission is #free for currently-serving military personnel and their families.

Thank you for your service! 🇺🇸

05/14/2021

USS Constitution reopens on May 21!

Fair winds and following seas to our miniboats! HK Pride and Teal Turtle, made by students at Harvard Kent Elementary in...
05/14/2021

Fair winds and following seas to our miniboats! HK Pride and Teal Turtle, made by students at Harvard Kent Elementary in Charlestown, were launched into the Atlantic by Sea Education Association / SEA Semester. Where will they go? ⛵ Follow their journey on our website: usscm.org/miniboats

📸: Sea Education Association / SEA Semester

Happy 113th Birthday #NavyNurseCorps! Thank you for your service. 🇺🇸
05/13/2021

Happy 113th Birthday #NavyNurseCorps! Thank you for your service. 🇺🇸

Happy Birthday, #NavyNurseCorps!

Lt.j.g. Pauline Gachalian, a nurse at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, administers a vaccine at the hospital’s off-site COVID-19 vaccine location. A native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, Gachalian says, “I enjoy being part of a patient plan of care to keep people healthy.”

The Navy Nurse Corps was established by Congress on May 13, 1908, with 20 original members known as the “Sacred Twenty.” Since the American Revolution, military nurses have served their country by playing a central role in military medicine. #UnifiedReliableReady #FacesofNHJax #SinkCOVID

It’s field trip season! End the school year with an engaging virtual visit to the Museum and USS Constitution. From life...
05/13/2021
USS Constitution Museum Virtual Field Trips

It’s field trip season! End the school year with an engaging virtual visit to the Museum and USS Constitution. From life at sea to secret sailor codes, there’s something for every group. Watch this video for a sneak peak and reserve your program today: bit.ly/2RMabwT

Pack your seabag, hoist the sails and join us for a virtual field trip to the USS Constitution Museum!

We're nominated for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site! Please vote now through May 17 at bit.ly/32wOM...
05/12/2021

We're nominated for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site! Please vote now through May 17 at bit.ly/32wOMKc.

We're nominated for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site! Please vote now through May 17 at bit.ly/32wOMKc.

05/11/2021
USS Constitution's Crew: Why did you join the Navy?

There are many reasons why people decide to join the U.S. Navy. In this video, crew members serving aboard USS Constitution share the personal reasons why they decided to join. #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

It's your last chance to vote! Cast your ballot before 12 noon ET today, May 10, for us to be a USA Today 10Best History...
05/10/2021

It's your last chance to vote! Cast your ballot before 12 noon ET today, May 10, for us to be a USA Today 10Best History Museum! Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

It's your last chance to vote! Cast your ballot before 12 noon ET today, May 10, for us to be a USA Today 10Best History Museum! Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

This #MothersDay, we salute all the active-duty and veteran military moms who have proudly served in the U.S. Navy! In M...
05/09/2021
Rad Women of USS Constitution

This #MothersDay, we salute all the active-duty and veteran military moms who have proudly served in the U.S. Navy! In March, we hosted a virtual panel on "Rad Women of USS Constitution" moderated by retired Command Master Chief Petty Officer (and mom!) Nancy Estrada. Check out the video on our YouTube channel for an insightful discussion about leadership and the role women play in shaping today’s Navy. bit.ly/3tmnEsg

On March 31, 2021, the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution hosted "Rad Women of USS Constitution," an insightful discussion about leadership and the...

05/08/2021
Make a Keepsake Silhouette

Want a unique #MothersDay gift? Create a one-of-a-kind portrait silhouette using this step-by-step tutorial.

Start your weekend with a vote for us! You can help make the Museum one of USA Today's 10Best by voting today and every ...
05/07/2021

Start your weekend with a vote for us! You can help make the Museum one of USA Today's 10Best by voting today and every day this weekend. Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

Start your weekend with a vote for us! You can help make the Museum one of USA Today's 10Best by voting today and every day this weekend. Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

This Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. In early 2020...
05/07/2021
USS Constitution's Crew: What is it like being in a military family?

This Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. In early 2020, had a chance to sit down with former USS Constitution Commander Nathaniel Shick and his wife, Anne Shick, to learn what it's like being in a military family. #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay #militaryspouse #militaryfamily bit.ly/2SdKy8j

Former USS Constitution Commander Nathaniel Shick and his wife, Anne Shick, share what it's like being in a military family. The interview was conducted by t...

Ever wondered what it is like to climb aloft on Old Ironsides? 🤔 Ask the experts! The active-duty crew of USS Constituti...
05/06/2021

Ever wondered what it is like to climb aloft on Old Ironsides? 🤔 Ask the experts! The active-duty crew of USS Constitution are in the Museum daily to talk with visitors about service on the oldest commissioned warship afloat.

Plan your visit and meet the crew today! bit.ly/2PMxd5R

Ever wondered what it is like to climb aloft on Old Ironsides? 🤔 Ask the experts! The active-duty crew of USS Constitution are in the Museum daily to talk with visitors about service on the oldest commissioned warship afloat.

Plan your visit and meet the crew today! bit.ly/2PMxd5R

The Corporation of the City of New York presented this gold Freedom Box, along with the “Freedom of the City,” to Commod...
05/05/2021
William Bainbridge's Gold Freedom Box - USS Constitution Museum

The Corporation of the City of New York presented this gold Freedom Box, along with the “Freedom of the City,” to Commodore William Bainbridge of USS Constitution in 1813, in commemoration of his victory over HMS Java on December 29, 1812. Honors such as this were often bestowed upon distinguished military figures in the young United States. See if you can spot this artifact in our galleries on your next visit! bit.ly/3voOFg2

The Corporation of the City of New York presented this gold Freedom Box, along with the “Freedom of the City,” to Commodore William Bainbridge of USS Constitution in 1813, in commemoration of his victory over HMS Java on December 29, 1812. The honor of the “Freedom of the City,” often accomp...

Happy #TeachersDay! This year more than ever, we are grateful for the dedicated educators who go above and beyond for st...
05/04/2021

Happy #TeachersDay! This year more than ever, we are grateful for the dedicated educators who go above and beyond for students. Thank you for all that you do.

📸: 2019 Educator Underway on USS Constitution

Happy #TeachersDay! This year more than ever, we are grateful for the dedicated educators who go above and beyond for students. Thank you for all that you do.

📸: 2019 Educator Underway on USS Constitution

Have you voted yet today? You can vote daily through May 10 at 12 noon ET to help us make the USA Today 10Best History M...
05/03/2021

Have you voted yet today? You can vote daily through May 10 at 12 noon ET to help us make the USA Today 10Best History Museums list! Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

Have you voted yet today? You can vote daily through May 10 at 12 noon ET to help us make the USA Today 10Best History Museums list! Vote now at bit.ly/3wNteXv.

Give the gift of history this #MothersDay! How about jewelry made from copper removed from "Old Ironsides?" We've got ne...
05/02/2021

Give the gift of history this #MothersDay! How about jewelry made from copper removed from "Old Ironsides?" We've got necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more in our online Museum Store. bit.ly/3gMnAQ0

Give the gift of history this #MothersDay! How about jewelry made from copper removed from "Old Ironsides?" We've got necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more in our online Museum Store. bit.ly/3gMnAQ0

May is #MilitaryAppreciationMonth! 🇺🇸We proudly share the stories of USS Constitution crew past and present at the Museu...
05/01/2021

May is #MilitaryAppreciationMonth! 🇺🇸

We proudly share the stories of USS Constitution crew past and present at the Museum. Join us this month as we highlight these stories on social media and host today's crew in the galleries to interact with visitors. As always, admission is free for active-duty military. Thank you for your service!

May is #MilitaryAppreciationMonth! 🇺🇸

We proudly share the stories of USS Constitution crew past and present at the Museum. Join us this month as we highlight these stories on social media and host today's crew in the galleries to interact with visitors. As always, admission is free for active-duty military. Thank you for your service!

04/30/2021
Tin Foil Trophy

Ready to leave your mark? Follow along and emboss your own "silver" trophy similar to the one presented to Captain Isaac Hull after USS Constitution's victory over the HMS Guerriere. Fin the image used in this video at bit.ly/2Qzus8J

The journey has begun! Our first miniboats, 5-foot unmanned sailboats equipped with a GPS, are on their way to launch! T...
04/29/2021

The journey has begun! Our first miniboats, 5-foot unmanned sailboats equipped with a GPS, are on their way to launch! The boats, made by students at neighboring Harvard Kent Elementary School, are currently on board the SSV Corwith Cramer with Sea Education Association / SEA Semester, headed up the east coast. Stay tuned for their launch into the Atlantic! ⛵️ In the meantime, read about the students and their two boats here: bit.ly/3gN1zjK

How were the U.S. Navy's original six frigates designed and built? 🛠 In this video, Public Historian Carl Herzog tells t...
04/29/2021
A Voyage Through History: Building a Frigate

How were the U.S. Navy's original six frigates designed and built? 🛠 In this video, Public Historian Carl Herzog tells the complex story of USS Constitution's creation from design, to construction, to launch. bit.ly/3xdMrBX

USS Constitution Museum Public Historian Carl Herzog takes viewers on a voyage through the history of the construction and launch of USS Constitution, one of...

This Congressional silver medal was posthumously awarded to John Cushing Aylwin around 1817 for his role in USS Constitu...
04/28/2021
Congressional Silver Medal Posthumously Awarded to John Cushing Aylwin - USS Constitution Museum

This Congressional silver medal was posthumously awarded to John Cushing Aylwin around 1817 for his role in USS Constitution’s victory over HMS Java on December 29, 1812. Aylwin, serving as 5th lieutenant and sailing master, was injured in the battle but continued at his station until the conflict was over. He died of his wounds a month later on January 29, 1813. bit.ly/3atxhyH

This Congressional silver medal was awarded posthumously to John Cushing Aylwin around 1817 for his role in USS Constitution’s victory over HMS Java on December 29, 1812. Aylwin, serving as 5th lieutenant and sailing master aboard Constitution, took a musket ball through his shoulder at the height...

During the War of 1812, victorious U.S. naval captains were often feted with parades, dinners, and awards upon their ret...
04/27/2021
Admission Ticket and Signed Subscription Statement for the Naval Dinner for William Bainbridge - USS Constitution Museum

During the War of 1812, victorious U.S. naval captains were often feted with parades, dinners, and awards upon their return from battle. William Bainbridge, who commanded USS Constitution in the victory against HMS Java in 1812, was the recipient of such fanfare when he and his crew returned to Boston in February 1813. Among his many invitations was this one for a celebratory naval dinner given by the Citizens of New York on December 8, 1813. bit.ly/3atCypS

During the War of 1812, victorious U.S. naval captains were often feted with parades, dinners, and awards upon their return from battle. William Bainbridge, who commanded USS Constitution in her victory against HMS Java on December 29, 1812, was the recipient of such fanfare when he and his crew ret...

In 1905, USS Constitution was saved from destruction thanks in part to Moses Gulesian, a Boston businessman and Armenian...
04/26/2021
Sell me "Old Ironsides"! - USS Constitution Museum

In 1905, USS Constitution was saved from destruction thanks in part to Moses Gulesian, a Boston businessman and Armenian immigrant who offered $10,000 to purchase the neglected ship. He saw "Old Ironsides" as a source of patriotic pride and a symbol of American freedom, and his offer set off a firestorm of headlines and public calls to preserve the ship. While his role in saving the ship was the dominant feature of his obituaries upon his death in 1951, Gulesian is also well known for using his factory in Waltham, Massachusetts as a center for Armenian refugees. Read his incredible story on our blog: bit.ly/3aY8raD

Boston businessman Moses Gulesian didn’t know much about USS Constitution when he sat down to read his evening newspaper on December 10, 1905. What he. . .

Following USS Constitution's defeat of HMS Guerriere in 1812, Captain Isaac Hull and his crew returned home to praise an...
04/26/2021
Silver Urn Presented to Isaac Hull - USS Constitution Museum

Following USS Constitution's defeat of HMS Guerriere in 1812, Captain Isaac Hull and his crew returned home to praise and adulation from a grateful American public. Although it took an entire crew of 450 sailors and officers to man a warship, the captains enjoyed much of the fame and recognition, and usually received the bulk of the awards. 🏆 This elaborate ceremonial silver urn, produced by the premier silversmith firm of Fletcher & Gardiner and presented to Hull by 169 merchants from Philadelphia, is decorated with various classical motifs and an engraved scene of the battle. Made entirely of sterling silver, the urn stands 29.5 inches high, 22 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. Look for this artifact in our galleries on your next visit to the Museum! bit.ly/3n4rCUU

This ceremonial silver urn was a gift from the merchants of Philadelphia to Captain Isaac Hull in honor of USS Constitution‘s defeat of HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. Decorated with various classical motifs and an engraved scene of the battle between Constitution and Guerriere, the urn is i...

Do you have the eyes of an eagle? There are 12 eagles disguised and hiding throughout the USS Constitution Museum. 🦅 Fin...
04/25/2021

Do you have the eyes of an eagle? There are 12 eagles disguised and hiding throughout the USS Constitution Museum. 🦅 Find them all and win a prize this April School Vacation Week!

Do you have the eyes of an eagle? There are 12 eagles disguised and hiding throughout the USS Constitution Museum. 🦅 Find them all and win a prize this April School Vacation Week!

It’s a beautiful day in the Navy Yard! Enjoy the nice weather and experience the magical and majestic movements of the #...
04/24/2021

It’s a beautiful day in the Navy Yard! Enjoy the nice weather and experience the magical and majestic movements of the #WindonWater exhibit by internationally renowned artist Lyman Whitaker. This outdoor exhibit hosted by Navy Yard Garden starts behind the Museum near Dry Dock #2.

We're thrilled to be in the running for USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award for Best History Museum! Help us...
04/23/2021

We're thrilled to be in the running for USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award for Best History Museum! Help us by voting now at bit.ly/3wNteXv. You can vote once a day through May 10.

We're thrilled to be in the running for USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award for Best History Museum! Help us by voting now at bit.ly/3wNteXv. You can vote once a day through May 10.

Enjoy the book “Ruby’s Birds” while also exploring the Charlestown Navy Yard! Follow along today from 11-2 as Ruby uncov...
04/23/2021

Enjoy the book “Ruby’s Birds” while also exploring the Charlestown Navy Yard! Follow along today from 11-2 as Ruby uncovers the amazing wild life available in her own city neighborhood. 🐦Find out more about this amazing outdoor story walk hosted by Boston National Historical Park at bit.ly/2RSun01

Enjoy the book “Ruby’s Birds” while also exploring the Charlestown Navy Yard! Follow along today from 11-2 as Ruby uncovers the amazing wild life available in her own city neighborhood. 🐦Find out more about this amazing outdoor story walk hosted by Boston National Historical Park at bit.ly/2RSun01

Happy #EarthDay! Explore the great outdoors in your own backyard or in the Charlestown Navy Yard and find some of the na...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay! Explore the great outdoors in your own backyard or in the Charlestown Navy Yard and find some of the natural materials that helped build and sail USS Constitution. 🌎🌲 bit.ly/2KomZ5v

Happy #EarthDay! Explore the great outdoors in your own backyard or in the Charlestown Navy Yard and find some of the natural materials that helped build and sail USS Constitution. 🌎🌲 bit.ly/2KomZ5v

Celebrate #EarthDay and make a recycled windsock with us tomorrow at 3PM ET! These colorful creations are used to tell w...
04/21/2021

Celebrate #EarthDay and make a recycled windsock with us tomorrow at 3PM ET! These colorful creations are used to tell wind speed and direction and make a great outdoor decoration for spring. 🎏

Register for this free program: bit.ly/32jmpie

Celebrate #EarthDay and make a recycled windsock with us tomorrow at 3PM ET! These colorful creations are used to tell wind speed and direction and make a great outdoor decoration for spring. 🎏

Register for this free program: bit.ly/32jmpie

We're a finalist for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site! We are proud to receive this recognition from...
04/20/2021

We're a finalist for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site! We are proud to receive this recognition from local families. Please vote now through May 17 at bit.ly/32wOMKc.

We're a finalist for Boston Parents Paper's Family Favorite Historic Site! We are proud to receive this recognition from local families. Please vote now through May 17 at bit.ly/32wOMKc.

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22 1st Ave.
Boston, MA
02129

10 minute walk from North Station On the MBTA Water Shuttle and Bus Route #93 Near Sullivan Square station

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(617) 426-1812

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At the USS Constitution Museum we are dedicated to engaging all ages in the story of “Old Ironsides” to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. We ensure that the stories of USS Constitution and those who shaped her history are never forgotten, always remain relevant, and inspire as many people as possible. We provide an environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable and educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring history together. Located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, the USS Constitution Museum is a proud partner the National Parks of Boston, Naval History & Heritage Command, and USS Constitution.

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With the re-opening of the museum and the USS CONSTITUTION ever ready to welcome you aboard and ever ready to tell you her story I submit this sonnet which tells of the night in 2010 I found myself all alone on the deck of the ship for some 40 minutes. Time and space merged, blocking out all distractions, leaving me alone with this awesome ship. Stop, sit, if you can. and listen.....she will talk to you, too. USS CONSTITUTION . SONNET 2010 Tonight at summer solstice, after eight, Still light enough, before the moon's full glow, A solitary figure hesitates. She does not venture to the decks below. My colors struck, a quiet time for me. The last watch of the day has gone ashore. She turns around, but does she really see? O, listen! I can tell you so much more! Come closer. You can sense me in your touch, Don't falter. You can hear me in the wind. Eyes opened. You can understand so much. Breathe deeply. You will know the life within. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.
USS CONSTITUTION Sonnet 1865 A generation lost. A Union saved. Seven hundred thousand men---or just one. Bring out the Stars and Stripes---it must be waved. Begin to heal for warring is now done. Yet shadows dim the lilacs as they bloom And April's fragrances have lost their breath. My Captain has been laid inside his tomb. His spirit, though, will live beyond his death. Do not despair. Look to. No pain nor tears. My Captain's on the bridge and there he'll stay. They've kept me safe throughout these four long years. One last salute and we'll be underway. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.
USS CONSTITUTION . Sonnet April, 1775 Boston, Massachusetts What is it about Boston that rattles the British so? The sister colonies look toward the New World hub as it battles Red Coat muskets in hostilities that started that fateful night in April. No hiding behind Indian faces When the riders spread the warning that will send militia fighters to their places--- Two lanterns in Old North, the golden lights that will illuminate the way to more than they could ever imagine. The night air warms the spirit as never before. With thoughts unspoken life is kept in tact. Un-loosened words give men the strength to act.
You ought to do a video on the embroidery that the Constitution and other sailors did in their spare time.
Once again, we remember a horrific time in our country's history when people, globally, faced annihilation. Ordinary men and women, our fathers and mothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, heard the bell and answered the call--- and rose to greatness. "....we few...we happy few...we band of brothers". They are in their late 90's and they will not be forgotten. Thank you. Thank you for your service. USS CONSTITUTION . SONNET DECEMBER 7, 1941 Look toward the east and watch the rising sun. Beware the iron fist hid in the glove. And there's a third whose powers long begun. The Axis hawks pretending to be doves. Mark well the course. The years of peace now gone. The bugles called to arms. The ship bells peal. A harbor scorched one bloody Sunday morn. A President's resolved forged out of steel. And once again she filled a nation's need, Commissioned 'fore another day would last. The frigate that the Navy asked to lead A county's future sailed from out the past. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.
It is difficult to believe that sixty years have passed since President John F. Kennedy spoke of passing the torch to a new generation. Forty years earlier Lieut-Col. John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, who wrote of that torch. After four years of service on the western front fighting the dark forces of evil that had spread through Europe, he died in France, January, 1918. We are so grateful for all the men and women in our armed forces who are carrying the torch today. And we are forever thankful for all those who led the way. We thank you for service. USS CONSTITUTION . SONNET 1919. VETERANS' DAY A President wrote of the war. Do not Forget the sacrifices dearly made By your country's sons, for all those who fought, Those who are with us---and those who are dead. In years of peace to come, you might not know Their names or faces----or resting places. Think of their valor in fighting the foe. Think of the Furies---and blessed Graces. The poet wrote of singing larks and guns And failing hands that throw the torch to you. And breaking faith with them. Take heed, O sons. In Flanders Fields he told you what to do. A ship will live when people know her worth. And so she lives because of noble birt
While working as an electrician at the Boston Naval Shipyard, my husband was honored to have worked on the USS Constitution replacing and upgrading her wiring. He just passed away two weeks ago and our family was so proud to have her sailors serve as honor guards at his graveside ceremony. God bless, and Happy Birthday Old Ironsides!
Edward G Durivage giving a tour May 1963
USS Constitution at 1:1250 sscale Heinz-Peter Weiss (Germany) makes limited edition miniature paper models of historic ship at the scale of 1:250 ( See also Society of Miniature Ship Collectorshttp://smsc-home.org/index.html )
USS Constitution at 1:1250 sscale Heinz-Peter Weiss (Germany) makes limited edition miniature paper models of historic ship at the scale of 1:250 ( See also Society of Miniature Ship Collectorshttp://smsc-home.org/index.html )
Great program. Hope I can find it to show mt grandboys later.
USS CONSTITUTION Sonnet JULY 4 I never claimed a noble birth nor spoke Of those who dressed in suits with velvet bands, But learned the ways of copper, pine and oak And iron forged by master craftsman's hands. This ship is built in keeping with the past, Is hailed in celebration of the day, Is sailed, crew ready 'fore the mast. GOD speed---His grace bestowed along the way. Events occurred. They're writ in history. They tell of men who lived and died each year In wars fought to defend our liberty. Full measure given. Ay. The cost was dear. The questions circled 'round and 'round for men Would hesitate to let this frigate die. You know her story. Think on it, and then Teach others so they'll know the reasons why. KEEP HER FIT. FLY HER FLAG ON HIGH. UNFURL HER CANVAS. LET HER CANNONS ROAR. A ship will live when people now her worth. And so she lives because of noble birth.