Launched in 1854, this Sloop-of-War is truly the last of her kind, officially being the final sail-only warship built by the US Navy. That being said, there is apparently some controversy as to whether she was actually a new ship at all. Some people maintain the Constellation is more accurately a major renovation of an earlier ship of the same name, which was launched in 1797.
Constellation saw active duty from 1855 to 1933 and again from 1940 to 1955. Her early career included a period intercepting slave vessels off the coast of West Africa, while in her later years as a commissioned ship, the Constellation’s role was primarily symbolic. In between, she served many functions, including a training ship, a floating barracks and even carried famine relief supplies to the people of Ireland.
In 1955, Constellation was given a permanent home in the Inner Harbour, where she now forms the heart of the Historic Ships in Baltimore museum. The USS Constellation is today classed as a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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