Amazing Facts About The USS Constitution

The USS Constitution is one of the nation’s most famous and oldest ships. At 204-feet long, a displacement of 2,200 tons, and a firing range of 1,200 yards, it’s no wonder she had several victories at sea. The USS Constitution is particularly known for the memorable victories that occurred during the War of 1812.

The ship may have an incredible record but 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

The USS Constitution sales past an urban setting.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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.