"Old Ironsides" in Dry Dock 1

"Old Ironsides" in Dry Dock 1 (HM1CUU)

Location: Boston, MA 02129 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 22.422', W 71° 3.351'

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— Charlestown Navy Yard —

USS Constitution first entered Dry Dock 1 in 1833. Though she was the first ship to test the new dry dock system, the tough oak hull of "Old Ironsides" had already seen several repairs.

To rebuild the ship, woodworkers selected the best wood for each ship part, such as longleaf yellow pine for decking, and white oak for planking. Sawyers and hewers prepared the wood pieces. Carpenters connected the hull pieces with wood treenails, and caulkers sealed the hull with pitch and rope. Metal workers then laid on sheets of copper to protect the bottom of the wooden hull.

In 1992, USS Constitution entered Dry Dock 1 for an overhaul to prepare her for a third century of service. Despite her many repairs, a significant percentage of her original wood still exists below the water-line.
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HM NumberHM1CUU
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Placed ByBoston National Historical Park, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 330735 N 4693316
Decimal Degrees42.37370000, -71.05585000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 22.422', W 71° 3.351'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 22' 25.32" N, 71° 3' 21.06" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 857
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 1st Ave, Boston MA 02129, US
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