During the War of 1812, USS Constitution completed three major cruises across the Atlantic Ocean. The ship’s mission was to protect American shipping, seize British shipping, and attack British naval forces where possible.
These interactive maps, created based on entries from Constitution‘s logbooks, explore the ship’s voyages, the highs and lows of battle, and life at sea for Constitution’s crew from 1812 to 1815.
USS Constitution Joins the War of 1812
Late on a calm, clear June night in 1812, as USS Constitution lay at anchor in the Potomac River off Alexandria, Virginia, one of her cutters rowed to her. The cutter’s crew came down from Washington with news that the United States had declared war on Great Britain. Constitution’s crew had anticipated war with the world’s greatest naval power, and now it was here.