For the second time in the last 100 years, the oldest floating U.S. Navy warship, USS Constitution, sailed under her own power on the 200th anniversary of her famous War of 1812 battle with the HMS Guerriere. The last time was in 1997 on her 200th birthday. Only a few of the upper sails were unraveled near Castle Island for a few minutes due to the age and condition of the historic warship.
In the photos below taken from the North End, “Old Ironsides” is seen with some of her sails unraveled while other photos show her assisted with tugboats leaving Charlestown Navy Yard. Photos by Brendan O’Brien and Matt Conti.
The USS Constitution was also recently underway by tugboat on July 4, 2912 during the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration, complete with Tall Ship and the Blue Angels. See the photos.