205th Anniversary Commemoration of USS Constitution vs. HMS Java
Shortly after Christmas, 1812, Constitution was sailing in the Atlantic just off the coast of Brazil. On the morning of December 29, sails were sighted on the horizon, and Constitution‘s new captain, William Bainbridge, altered course to investigate. The ship proved to be HMS Java, a frigate similar to Guerriere. Both frigates stood for each other and cleared their decks for action. A bloody battle ensued.
The officers and crew of USS Constitution invite you aboard to commemorate the 205th anniversary of this battle.
10:00 AM – Tours of “Old Ironsides” catered toward the War of 1812 and the Java battle; 1812 Marines; gun drills
11:40 AM – Reading of deck log entries from the battle
11:45 AM – Remarks from the USS Constitution Museum about the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps involvment
11:50 AM – Remarks from Commander Nathaniel Shick, Commanding Officer of USS Constitution
12:00 PM – Firing of “Old Ironsides” saluting battery and closing remarks