U.S.S. Constitution

USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America's growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname "Old Ironsides," because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. The ship was restored in 1927 with contributions from the nation's school children.

The Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton's or Morton's Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. During its 174 year history, hundreds of ships were built, repaired and modernized, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young. Today, thirty acres of the Navy Yard are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historical Park.


Site Information
Location1 Constitution Road, Charlestown
Hours

April 1 - September 30: 10:00AM - 5:50PM Tues. - Sat.
October 1 -31: 10:00AM - 4PM Tues. - Sat.
November 1 - March 31: 10:00AM - 4:00PM Thurs - Sat.

ToursGuided tours offered every 30 minutes
AdmissionFREE
Notes

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Video & Multimedia

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    The new map is attached to the Citizens Bank on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem Streets in the North End.

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Exploring the Freedom Trail

  • Episode 1

    Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House, the Park Street Church and the Granary Burial Ground.

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  • Episode 2

    King's Chapel, The King's Chapel Burial Ground, the Benjamin Franklin Statue, the Boston Latin School and The Old Corner Bookstore.

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  • Episode 3

    The Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall.

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  • Episode 4

    Paul Revere's House, The Old North Church, Copp's Hill Burial Ground, the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument.

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