Every year, we review the progress that USS Constitution’s restoration team has made. Take a look at our Year in Review: 2015 to see how far we’ve come!
Constitution continues with her first dry docking of the 21st century. In 2016, “Old Ironsides‘” ongoing work included the installation of more new hull planks, significant rebuilding of the cutwaterand the stern, overhauling, repairing and replacing parts of her rigging, and welcoming new mouses on board. The new protective coat of copper sheathing was signed, punched and placed on the port side of the hull; the starboard side copper will be completed in 2017.
If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest news about Constitution’s final year of the 2015 – 2017 restoration, subscribe to the Restoration Blogand take a look at “Old Ironsides” in dry dock with our real-time photo feed on ConstitutionCam!
To celebrate the completion of this full year in dry dock, enjoy the following photographs that capture significant moments of the restoration in 2016:
In these final months of USS Constitution‘s dry docking, we will continue to highlight the important stories of the restoration. Check back often for the latest stories.
The activity that is the subject of this blog article has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Maritime Heritage Grant program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, or the Massachusetts Historical Commission, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior, or the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
Margherita M. Desy Historian, Naval History & Heritage Command
Margherita M. Desy is the Historian for USS Constitution at Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston.
Phaedra Scott Content Developer, USS Constitution Museum
Phaedra Scott was the Content Developer at the USS Constitution Museum from 2016 to 2017.
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