Constitution to sail on Sunday.

#1
USS Constitution to sail again on Sunday.

Constitution will go for a brief trip under sail on Sunday. Two hundred years ago the US was involved in a war with another nation. The first naval battle of the war occurred two hundred years ago Sunday when Constitution engaged in a battle with a frigate of the other nation's navy. Constitution defeated the other nation's ship which surrendered.

Details of the anniversary sail are included in the story below.

USS Constitution, ship that fought in War of 1812, to sail again  - NY Daily News


(note: no iPods were seized from prisoners in this engagement)
 
#2
USS Constitution to sail again on Sunday.

Constitution will go for a brief trip under sail on Sunday. Two hundred years ago the US was involved in a war with another nation. The first naval battle of the war occurred two hundred years ago Sunday when Constitution engaged in a battle with a frigate of the other nation's navy. Constitution defeated the other nation's ship which surrendered.

Details of the anniversary sail are included in the story below.

USS Constitution, ship that fought in War of 1812, to sail again* - NY Daily News


(note: no iPods were seized from prisoners in this engagement)


A fine ship, you guys should get her to sail to Portsmouth and moor up alongside HMS Victory.

Then we can let slip a broadside and finally sink the bastard...
 
#3
Sorry, it would be unsporting to engage in battle with a ship that does not float.

She is a great ship. When the wife was active duty there I got to see all the little nooks and crannies the tourists don't go.
 
#5
USS Constitution to sail again on Sunday.

Constitution will go for a brief trip under sail on Sunday. Two hundred years ago the US was involved in a war with another nation. The first naval battle of the war occurred two hundred years ago Sunday when Constitution engaged in a battle with a frigate of the other nation's navy. Constitution defeated the other nation's ship which surrendered.
USS Cnstitution is a fine shp and it is good to see that the US have the resources to keep her afloat.

However, there were some mealy mouthed statements. The US did not find itself at war. It failed in its attempt to invade and conqueror Canada. despite Britiian facing the distraction of fighting Napoleon . The Constitution was a very big and well armed frigate. A sort of pocket battleship to support commerce raiding of the kind familiar to Somali pirates. . The result of a fairer combat can be visited in the UK where the blood stained timber of the USS Chesapeake is in use as a cafe.. So much for the exhortation; "Don't give up the ship!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File...,_June_1st_1813_in_Fifteen_Minutes_(1813).jpg
 
#6
The Constitution is a great ship I love the old sailing ones .Didn't she have a sister ship called USS President who met HMS Endymion ? Im sure Ive read that somewhere ? Strange that there has never been another President in the US Navy.
 

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The Constitution is a great ship I love the old sailing ones .Didn't she have a sister ship called USS President who met HMS Endymion ? Im sure Ive read that somewhere ? Strange that there has never been another President in the US Navy.
There have been 6- JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush41...... ;)
 
#9
Great stuff. I can't believe she still sails - all credit to the USN.

We still burnt your White House down. If we did it today you'd thank us... ;o)
 
#10
A fine ship, you guys should get her to sail to Portsmouth and moor up alongside HMS Victory.

Then we can let slip a broadside and finally sink the bastard...
That would be interesting to see

Especially since Victory's guns are mostly fiberglass moulded fakes... they could throw fiberglass at each other, Damn the Itchiness, full speed ahead..
 
#11
Great stuff, sailing ships are the only way to go by sea. I did a couple of trips on a fully rigged schooner and it was the experience of a lifetime.
 
#12
Sorry, it would be unsporting to engage in battle with a ship that does not float.

She is a great ship. When the wife was active duty there I got to see all the little nooks and crannies the tourists don't go.
The tourists got to go on your wife? Well I've heard a lot about American hospitality but that's jolly decent of you.
 
#14
Don't make us burn your house down again.

Oh please do, as soon as possible. If you did the economy might recover.

You guys bitch about us entering WW II too late. You burned the White House 197 years too soon.
 

rampant

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#15
The Royal Navy (and US Govt foolishness) had bankrupted the US by 1814 and the US had to come on hands and knees and grovel for a peace. This after we had carefully burnt most of official Washington, which is why the White House is just that, to cover up the scorch marks.

Chesapeake Mill is now an antiques centre.

The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812: Amazon.co.uk: Andrew Lambert: Books to find out more.
Ahem: snopes.com: White House

Nonetheless it is an astonishing achievement that they can get a vessel of this age out to sea again. Must be a major headache for all those involved.
 
#16
This time HMS Shannon under the great Captain Broke will be waiting for her....
 

rampant

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Ahem: snopes.com: White House

Nonetheless it is an astonishing achievement that they can get a vessel of this age out to sea again. Must be a major headache for all those involved.
The work on making it sail again started in the early 1980's when the CEO of a big IT firm asked the then Captain of Constitution, CDR H.O. "Suds" Sudholtz why there were no sails and offered to pay for creating sails and restoring the running rigging (at that point it had standing rigging only). This naturally took a long time to accomplish as a lot of research had to be done to get it right.

Over many years sitting at a dock significant hogging of the keel had taken place, the keel had over a foot of hog. In the early 1990's Constitution had a major refit and was in Graving Dock #1 in the Boston Navy Yard for a long period and during that time they were able to adjust the keel blocks in the dock until the hogging was reduced to zero. The graving dock itself is historic having been built in the late 1820's and early 1830's. It was the first graving dock in the US.

As to your "major headache" comment I was on Constitution during three "turnaround cruises" while my wife was a LTjg there and I can assure you that the CO, XO, and Master Chief are all very nervous as they would hate to damage the ship. Sinking our oldest ship would not look good on the FITREP.

The article linked above has a bit of an error. It states "The Constitution is periodically tugged into the harbor for historical display.". Actually Constitution for years has been towed out into the harbor and docked facing the opposite direction in order to ensure equal weathering. If not done the masts would warp.

The technical work of maintenance is done by a team that is a detachment of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. Not sure of now but it used to consist of a qualified naval architect and 4 skilled carpenters and riggers who have a fully equipped shop at their disposal.

By the way, Constitution is manned 24/7 with a duty section of twelve on board standing watches, off duty men of the duty section sleep, make coffee etc in an area of the orlop deck that has modern Navy bunks, etc.

I love that old ship!!
 
#20
Freudian slip, there? ;-)
Oops! Typo now corrected. Actually sinking her would look like shit of the FITREP. Certainly not career enhancing.
 

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