USS Constitution Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock

July 11, 2014
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CT1At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into drydock later this year for restorations. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not interfere with the annual cruise as the historic ship made its way to Castle Island for a 21-gun salute at Fort Independence. On its way back to Charlestown Navy Yard, another 17-gun salute was fired off the U.S. Coast Guard Base in the North End. USS Constitutions is most well known for its role in the War of 1812 and its standing as the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the U.S. Navy.