The month of June marks the end of the school year for most students in the United States. To commemorate the occasion, we’re sharing a glimpse of USS Constitution during the ship’s classroom days as a school ship for the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1860s.
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, USS Constitution (and many other square-rigged sailing vessels) were converted into floating classrooms, housing, and training areas for sailors to practice sail handling and other practical naval skills.
Constitution remained at the Academy until 1871, when the ship was brought to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for another restoration.
Rebecca Parmer Archivist, USS Constitution Museum
Rebecca Parmer was archivist at the USS Constitution Museum until 2013.
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