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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

Originally Posted by kjango View Post
I just believe strongly that she should be sailed as she was intended to sail . !
I think she out ran the British once by the crew rowing out ahead of her, dropping anchor and winch her to the anchor. The way she was meant to be sailed is anyway that kept her out of harms way

If you read through the article about her cruise in 1997, they say that was the first time she had been under sail in 116 years. Even when she toured the world in the early 1940s she was moved by tug. Cheaper to tow her than train and pay the men needed to sail her. The sails they did fly this past trip out took 150 volunteers to man.

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