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✏️ These pages are from the sketchbook of Lewis Ashfield Kimberly, who served as a young officer in the U.S. Navy on USS Dale and USS Germantown between about 1856 and 1860.

💣 In a drawing dedicated to “Victor,” three sailors wrestle a Dahlgren boat howitzer ashore.

👯‍♀️ A caricature of two officers and two ladies.

🎩 A bearded sailor holds the wheel “amidship,” while contemplating a caricature of another shipmate in a round hat.

🐜 A tableau featuring the “Ward Room Light Horse (half size)” and the “Instruments of Death to Light Horse,” all set against the Germantown‘s well-stocked wardroom sideboard.

🗝 The key to a secret code or cipher. Nothing else in the sketchbook features these secret characters 🤔
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Happy 224th Birthday, USS Constitution! 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

Happy 224th Birthday, USS Constitution! 🎉

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Old Iron Sides, Happy Birthday.Thank you for those who work to preserve our history. God Bless

Salute! Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday 🍾 to our National Treasure 💞

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday and fair winds to you!!

Happy birthday beautiful

Happy birthday!!

Happy birthday 🎊. My momma retired from Old Ironsides.

Happy Birthday Ironsides!

Happy birthday

Happy “Boom”-day!

Majestic! We're lucky to have her so close by. HBD USSC! <3

Happy Birthday Old Ironsides.

Happy Birthday Blessings!!!

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday

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William C III Hammond

Wyatt Nail, Robin Brown Nail Happy Birthday Ironsides!

HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY from Derby, CT! (Y)

My husband and I were very proud to be on the USS Constitution a few years back when it was in dry dock while they were doing repairs and getting ready to sail!! An exciting time!! We need to go back!!❤

USS CONSTITUTION Infer full sale. All we have to do is make a mess sail. Calculate the stress if current sails and compensate to put under full sail.

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Tonight at 6:00pm ET, hear from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, USMC (Ret.) as he reflects on his experiences as a leader and service member during our virtual Salute to Service event! Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of our nation's military leaders! Register now ▶ bit.ly/3Cp4kzi ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight at 6:00pm ET, hear from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, USMC (Ret.) as he reflects on his experiences as a leader and service member during our virtual Salute to Service event! Dont miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of our nations military leaders! Register now ▶ bit.ly/3Cp4kzi

📖 This Thursday is the 224th anniversary of USS Constitution's launch into Boston Harbor, and this 1797 Almanack from our archives is a tangible link to that much anticipated event.

⚓️ The almanack’s anonymous owner used the annual calendar as a journal of sorts, jotting down notes on the weather, meetings with friends, and assorted reflections on life and local events. Among these musings is a note on May 19, 1797 about an “anchor for the frigate,” presumably USS Constitution as it was the only frigate built in Boston that year.

😬 On September 20, the writer witnessed Constitution’s “anxiously anticipated” first launch from Edmund Hartt's shipyard in Boston's North End before a large crowd...which was unsuccessful. President John Adams was in attendance.

🦈 The second attempt on September 22 was also unsuccessful. But all was not lost because the writer saw a thresher shark on the 25th!

🍾 On October 21, the third attempt successfully launched the frigate into Boston Harbor. The writer described it succinctly as “a fine launch.”
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