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post #16 of Old 08-24-2012
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

She really isn't 215 years old is kinda the point. Only about 15% of her is. (according to the navy) If she was maintained from the beginning she would be a lot more original than she is. But she has been greatly modified, and was not put back into her original configuration until the 1920s. Thanks to FDR she will continue to be maintained for the remainder of this countries existence. In another 200 years she will not be 15% of what is original today, it will be much higher than that.
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