AAA Editor Notes
USS Constitution, off I-93 exit 28 in Charlestown Navy Yard, was launched Oct. 21, 1797, at Edmund Hartt's shipyard and was the nemesis of French privateers and Barbary Corsairs. It is purportedly the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Engagements with the British in the War of 1812 brought the vessel undying fame and the nickname “Old Ironsides.” The 44-gun frigate was constructed of seasoned live and white oak and yellow and white pine timbers secured by bolts and copper sheathing made by Paul Revere.
Note: Due to a 3-year restoration project, the USS Constitution will be in dry dock at Charlestown Navy Yard through summer 2018. During this time, visitors will have access to the top deck, but the ship's lower decks will be off limits. All visitors are subject to a screening process for security purposes and should allow for an additional half-hour. Phone ahead for more information.
Guided tours are available.