Story by JO1 Lorraine Ramsdell
Naval Reserve Office of Information Det. 206
Oct. 21, 1797
USS Constitution launched and christened at Edmond Hartt's Shipyard, Boston.
Ordered into action in the Quasi-War with France.
Flagship, Mediterranean Squadron, Tripolitan War.
War with Great Britain.
Aug. 18, 1812
Defeats 49-gun British frigate Guerriere. Crew bestows her with 'Old Ironsides' nickname.
Dec. 29, 1812
Captures British frigate Java and five smaller vessels.
Laid up at Boston and condemned by naval commissioners, she was saved by a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Begins 30-month voyage around the world.
National cruise takes 'Old Ironsides' to 90 American cities, returns to her place of honor in Boston harbor.
Completes 44-month restoration. Crew prepares for historic sail in July 1997, and 'Old Ironsides' turns 200 Oct. 21, 1997.
Reviewed: 16 September 2009