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Dec 2

This month in USS Constitution History…

Thursday, December 2, 2010 3:26 PM

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  With the victory against the HMS Guerriere still looming in the hearts and minds of the American people, USS CONSTITUTION was once again called upon to protect the open seas against the British Royal Navy. USS CONSTITUTION departed from Boston, MA on the 27th of October 1812 with the Frigate Essex and the Brig Hornet under the Command of Commodore William Bainbridge to “harass the enemy and to afford protection to our commerce, pursuing that course, which to your best judgment may…appear to be best.” On the morning of the 29th of December two unknown sails were spotted while… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Oct 15

America’s Naval Technological Surprise in the War of 1812

Friday, October 15, 2010 12:13 PM

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The original six frigates of the US Navy were ahead of their time in design. Though ships have changed dramatically, we still hearken to the days of USS CONSTITUTION and her five sister ships before we were a major naval power. It wasn’t possible for our fledgling nation to build a fleet which could surpass the Royal Navy’s ships of the line. So a design was required which could both outfight anything it couldn’t out sail, and out sail anything it couldn’t outfight. A Philadelphia ship designer by the name of Joshua Humphries was hired to design the new ships…. Read the rest of this entry »