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USS CONSTITUTION - Charlestown, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7
N 42° 22.332 W 071° 03.339
19T E 330748 N 4693149
Quick Description: "OLD IRONSIDES"
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:10:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM5ZQ3
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MadDogAnger
Views: 52

Long Description:
March 27, 1794 - President George Washington signed "an act to provide a naval armament." By authorizing the construction of six frigates (what we would call "cruisers" today) the Third Congress in effect creates the U.S. Navy. The immediate issue was the need to protect the large American merchant fleet from continuous and increasing attacks by the North African "Barbary pirate" states of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli-as well as from aggressive high-seas practices of the British. The ships were designed by Mr. Joshua Humphreys, a Philadelphia Quaker and an innovative naval architect, and are to be built at six different cities. The contract for one of these ships, to be named USS CONSTITUTION, was given to Edmund Hartt's shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts.

July 23, 1954 - A public law passes, signed by President Eisenhower, that states in part, "The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore United States Ship CONSTITUTION, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain United States Ship CONSTITUTION at Boston, Massachusetts."
Type of vessel: Frigate

Hours of use: From: 9:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

Admission? Cost?: All public services, tours and special events provided by USS CONSTITUTION are free of charge.

Parking Coordinates: N 42° 22.450 W 071° 03.346

Date: 03/08/2009

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