Ship Name

Constitution, USS

Type

Frigate

Origins/Provenance

Boston

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Year Launched

1797

Home Waters

Atlantic

Function

Military

Displacement (tons)

2200

Length (feet)

175

Beam (feet)

44

Draft (feet)

23

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

three masts

Hull

wooden

Armament

32 24-pounders; 20 32-pounders

Crew

450

Historical Note

One of six frigates authorized by Congress in 1794 to deal with the Barbary pirates.Participated in the Quasi-War with France and the War of 1812, during which, on August 19, 1812, she defeated the HMS Guerriere, earning herself the nickname, "Old Ironsides," for the ability of its oak hull to absorb cannon shot.

Related People

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Related People

Hull, Isaac Stoddert, Benjamin

Related Institutions

Boston Marine Society,

Record Id: 106