I am posting below an article from today's Boston Herald. When the Boston Naval Yard closed, other than the portion retained was turned into upscale waterfront condos. But the occupants of the posh condos hated having to listen to the gun salute and national anthem at morning colors. I am pleased that the US Navy decided to maintain naval tradition. To the British Arrsers, sorry about the references to "vanquished British seamen" "Adding a new chapter to its storied history of vanquished British seamen and Barbary pirates, Old Ironsides has emerged victorious once again - this time vs. snooty neighbors seeking to silence the frigateâs cannons. The 204-foot USS Constitution will continue its twice-daily blasts along with playing the national anthem - although officials turned the ship around in Boston Harbor on Feb. 18 so the echoing booms are directed away from Charlestown residences. âWe sent (the neighbors) a letter saying that after reviewing their request, we decided weâre not going to make any changes to the tradition,â said Timothy Cooper, the shipâs commanding officer. The Herald reported in November that unidentified neighbors had asked Cooper to reduce the size of the gunpowder charge, turn down the national anthem and eliminate weekend ceremonies altogether. The neighbors invited Cooper over for a glass of wine to hear the noise himself, saying the cannon blasts - a tradition dating to 1798 - were âmuch more disruptive to the neighborhood than (he) might have imagined.â Cooper didnât take them up on their invite. âI appreciate the spirit in which it was offered, but I think it was best to communicate through official correspondence rather than a sit down,â Cooper told the Herald yesterday. But he tried using a smaller amount of gunpowder to lessen the cannon noise, only to conclude the ceremony just wasnât the same. In the wake of the kerfuffle, local residents and politicians as well as out-of-towners have rallied round the nationâs oldest commissioned naval vessel with calls, letters and e-mails of support. Said Cooper: âIt sparked a lot of goodwill for the ship and our traditions.â "