USS Constitution

USS Constitution (HM1CUV)

Location: Boston, MA 02129 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 22.351', W 71° 3.44'

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Boston National Historical Park

— Charlestown Navy Yard —

Launched in 1797, USS Constitution set sail the next year on the world's oceans to protect American commerce. Her victories soon earned her a permanent place in United States naval history.

On August 19, 1812, USS Constitution took on the British frigate HMS Guerriere. A half hour of intense combat maimed the British ship. According to legend, as the cannon balls of HMS Guerriere bounced harmlessly off the oak-planked sides of USS Constitution, a sailor exclaimed, "Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!" Ever since, USS Constitution has enjoyed the affectionate nickname, "Old Ironsides."

Even after her fighting days were over, USS Constitution continued to represent her country. She cruised around the world in 1844-46, covering 52,000 miles in 852 days. Now berthed permanently in the Charlestown Navy Yard, she is the nation's oldest commissioned warship.
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Placed ByBoston National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 330610 N 4693187
Decimal Degrees42.37251667, -71.05733333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 22.351', W 71° 3.44'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 22' 21.06" N, 71° 3' 26.40" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 857
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Freedom Trail, Boston MA 02129, US
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