USS Constitution

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Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA, USA

USS Constitution Charlestown Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Includes both the ship and museum Sep 14, 2017
As one of 2 sites on the Freedom Trail, the USS Constitution is a 2-part attraction in the Charlestown Navy Yard. That would include both the ship and the museum. So this would be a review on both, though I can see if others decide to make separate reviews for them.

Starting with the famed warship, the USS Constitution dates back to 1797, as it was one of the first ships of the US Navy. It would first see action in 1801, in a war against Barbary pirates from North Africa. And fought against the British in the War of 1812. It was from this war, that it earned its nickname “Old Ironsides”, as cannonballs just seemingly bounce off it with no effect. It has be involved in other wars. After retiring in 1881, it has been restored numerous times and has become a sort of American pride. Now, a museum ship that anyone can visit.

The first part, the ship itself, can be seen very quickly. As walking from one end to another, there are rows of cannons on both sides below deck. And seeing how the ship looked from its earliest days, as it does look very basic. Not really much to see, but I can’t fault the ship for being from the late 18th century. I would say, worth a quick look, as it is free to enter. There is the option of guided tours, but you will have to check ahead for the tour times.

The second part is the USS Constitution Museum, which tells the story of the ship. From its beginnings, to the current day as a museum ship now. There are artifacts and good descriptions telling the war stories. Plus interactive exhibits on the top floor, where it gets into life on the ship. I do think this museum is definitely worth it, after visiting the ship itself. And a good place to temporary escape from the bad weather outside. Admission is free as well, but donations are welcomed.

Overall, I do think that both the ship and museum complement each other. And together, they do make it a worthwhile attraction to visit on the Freedom Trail. If time is limited, I would just visit the ship itself, though not as worthwhile to go out of your way to just see it.
view of entire ship
ship's wheel
folded flag on table, below deck
list of commanding officers of the…
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Paulovic says:
Better said; interesting!
Posted on: Nov 21, 2017
Paulovic says:
Very nice I think!
Posted on: Nov 21, 2017
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