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Sail on Old Ironsides

Down at the end of Boston's Freedom Trail, the USS Constitution Museum sits near the ship USS Constitution and educates its visitors on the history of the people who built and sailed on her. Affectionately known as Old Ironsides, the ship was a three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy and earned her nickname at the battle with the HMS Guerriere.

Old Ironsides was retired from active service in 1881 but the public admiration she received as a result of her prowess during the War of 1812, kept her from being scrapped and she was designated as a museum ship in 1907. The museum and ship survive today to educate visitors on the Navy's role in war and peace. Take a tour or check out one of the interactive galleries to learn about this amazing national symbol.

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