Friday, October 17th will be the last time that the USS Constitution will be underway in Boston Harbor before she goes into drydock in March 2015 for restoration work through 2018. The ship is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. EST. There will be a 21-gun salute off Fort Independence on Castle Island in South Boston at approximately 11 a.m. Constitution Sailors will also conduct an additional 17-gun salute near U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston prior to the ship’s 1 p.m. return to her berth at Charlestown Navy Yard.
The event is in commemoration of the U.S. Navy’s 239th birthday and the ship’s upcoming 217th birthday. The USS Constitution, nicknamed Old Ironsides, is the the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, having actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855.