At high noon on Sunday, July 4, 2010, the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” made her annual jaunt into Boston Harbor around the North End to Fort Independence on Castle Island. After a 21-gun salute she did her famous turnaround back toward her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard. On her return sailing, she gave a 17-gun salute at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in the North End.
Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the world that is still in the water and sailing. Old Ironsides was in her prime during a series of victories over Britain in the War of 1812.
The official site of the USS Constitution can be found at: www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution.