USS Constitution to sail under own power for second time in over a century
(AP) BOSTON - The world's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides."You know, that's something I want to see before I die. I've been on Old Ironsides before, back in elementary school with the obligatory "tour historic Boston" field trip (there was also the mandatory "Go to Salem and see where the witch trials were held" trip), but I haven't been back as an adult. I've gone by the Constitution on different sailing trips (our work outings have revolved around sailing tours of Boston), but I haven't actually gone back since I was a child.
The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise.
And seeing it under sail would be quite the experience. I've never been much for sailing in general, being able to resist the sea's siren call for the most part. I think living as close to ocean as I do, and having spent several weeks every year at a campground on the ocean for most of my childhood, it holds no special allure for me. From a historical aspect, though, it's a piece of living history that you can watch performing tasks much like 200+ years ago.
Plus, there's always the chance that the captain will order it to open fire on the condos in Charlestown...
That is all.