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I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

We were in New England this past week visiting family on Plum Island. Monday we decided to drive into Boston and have lunch and do a Harbor Cruise. As we were walking on Long Warf to the Chart House for lunch...Holy Moly...there she was being towed across the Harbor. We had lunch and took the Harbor cruise, all the while we could see her being escorted out of the Harbor. Then she raised sails and headed back in. We finished the cruise and watched her as she came back to her pier. It was a very cool site to see.
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

I thought it was the lamest thing ever . After years of restoration the best they do is a 17 minute " cruise " under sail . In my program we'd take her out & sink something . Maybe we should have sourced out that work to Denmark . To listen to all the hoopla you'd think we're beyond embarrassment about it .
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

I well...I liked it...a lot.
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

rhr... I'm with you. I live in Florida, so did not get to see it except in photos. And I liked that! I visited Boston once a long time ago and went aboard for the tour. I was very impressed. And very glad we have preserved her for our children to see. Ignore the foolish negativity. This was one of the original six frigates in the US Navy... a game changer in the world's navies. I hope we continue to preserve her and sail her, if only occasionally. Our kids (and their kids) need to see her.
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

We are certainly not alone in the feeling of pride about the old ship. There were tens of thousands of people cheering and applauding as she passed by.
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

I had forgotten all about this, funny how the mind works.

When I was a little boy, I split my head open on the USS Constitution. Got 6 stiches @ the Navy Hospital in Chelsea.
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@misfits... "The captain says there's enough of his blood in the wood for her to almost be a relation..." J. Aubrey - Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World
So, does this mean you could now be related to Old Ironsides?
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

Once a year they take her out and turn her around so that the sun doesn't fade one side unevenly. You got lucky to see it happen.

Nice ship, but I am a little disappointed that she is only about 15% original... she has been refitted so much that only the keel is original to her.
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When I'm 215 years old I hope I'm still 15% original!
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Re: I saw the USS Constitution under sail!

Yeah, like if they had brought the old girl to Baltimore in June so she could have sunk one of the Brits boats. For old times sake of course.

It is hard to believe that I almost toured her 40 years ago; got to the gate, and had to stop; she was under reconstruction at the time. Just being near her in her berth was great. When you are near her you can feel how important she is.

Under her own sail power shows she still has it.

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I thought it was the lamest thing ever . After years of restoration the best they do is a 17 minute " cruise " under sail . In my program we'd take her out & sink something . Maybe we should have sourced out that work to Denmark . To listen to all the hoopla you'd think we're beyond embarrassment about it .
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