Join singer-songwriter Laetitia Shériff as she visits the oldest commissioned ship still afloat in the United States Navy, the USS Constitution.
Boston’s most storied ship first cruised as the quasi-war with France (1798-1800) emerged, and later served in battles with pirates in the Mediterranean. However, the greatest glory of Constitution came during the war of 1812, when the ship fought and defeated four British frigates, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides” because the cannon fire from enemy ships seemed to never penetrate her.
Constitution was built alongside six other ships after that US President George Washington signed the Act to Provide a Naval Armament of 1794. Each of the six vessels was built at a different seaport: Constitution was constructed at Hartt's shipyard in the North End area of Boston.
Constitution’s construction began in 1794, but the launch did not happen until the end of 1797.