USS Constitution has worn many hats in its lifetime – warship, receiving ship, goodwill ambassador, and for a time, even a floating museum. But in the late 1850s, with the Naval Academy running out of space, and with the surge of steam vessels phasing out sailing ships, "Old Ironsides" was converted into a floating classroom for sailors to practice sail handling and other practical naval skills. Take a glimpse of Constitution's school days on our blog 🎓 bit.ly/3gPaFfs ... See MoreSee Less
In October 1791, 18-year-old Isaac Hull sat down to write a letter to his father, Joseph. In the letter, the young sailor and future USS Constitution captain is anxious for news from home and equally anxious to make his family proud. Visit our blog to read the full transcript ✍️ bit.ly/3grl2WN 2WN... See MoreSee Less
This #Juneteenth, we remember the enslaved people who harvested the live oak timbers that gave "Old Ironsides" its strength and helped make the Ship's construction possible. We remain committed to researching the intertwined histories of slavery and the creation of the early U.S. Navy. bit.ly/3hHctWv ... See MoreSee Less
Please don't go woke on us!!! Slavery didn't build this country but woke will certainly destroy it. 620,000 Americans died in the American Civil War that ended slavery in this country. Millions of Americans were against slavery and worked to end it. Millions more fought against segregation and all the evil it represented. Celebrate that America, because that is who we truly are.