U.S.S. Constitution

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Launched in 1797, U.S.S. Constitution also known as "Old Ironsides" sailed her way into the history books by taking on the British fleet in the War of 1812. She fought in 40 naval battles, and never lost. The vessel received her unusual nickname after French cannonballs bounced off her sides during an 1815 military engagement. Still seaworthy, the ship is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Free admission and tours, conducted by U.S. Navy personnel offer a look back in time. An adjacent museum features interactive exhibits.

Location:  Baxter Road, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard

Business hours:  Nov-Mar - Th-Su 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Apr-Sep - Tu-Su 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Oct - Tu-Su 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.