Amazing Facts About The USS Constitution

The USS Constitution is one of the nation’s most famous and oldest ships. She is 204-feet long, has a displacement of 2,200 tons, and a firing range of 1,200 yards. At the time of her construction, the ship cost $300,00 to build, which included all the weaponry and related equipment.

The USS Constitution is known for her role in several victories at sea, particularly those that occurred during the War of 1812. The ship has a fascinating history, and there are many things you may not know about her, including claims that she’s haunted and that she was nearly used for target practice.

The Constitution Is The Oldest Warship In The US Navy

USS Constitution
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The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned naval vessel that is still afloat. She was one of six original frigates that were constructed as a result of the Naval Act of 1794. President George Washington chose the name Constitution among a group of 10 names, which were submitted by Secretary of War Timothy Pickering for the six frigates.

The Constitution was built in a shipyard in the north end of Boston, Massachusetts. Her initial mission was to protect American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to combat the Barbary pirates during the First Barbary War.