The USS Constitution left its dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard on July 4 and traveled through Boston Harbor to commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

USS Constitution sails through Boston Harbor. Photo credit: Gerri Palladino.

The USS Constitution traveled to Fort Independence at Castle Island where she fired a 21-gun salute. A return salute was fired by the 101st Field Artillery Regiment of the Massachusetts National Guard. On the way back, the USS Constitution fired a 17-gun salute as she passed the U.S. Coast Guard in the North End. The base is the former site of Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard, where the USS Constitution was built and launched in October of 1797.

See photos from the USS Constitution turnaround, courtesy of photographer Gerri Palladino, in the gallery below. Click to enlarge.

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