USS Constellation, Baltimore

IMG_2678The USS Constellation is without doubt the Crown Jewel of Baltimore’s lovely Inner Harbor.

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View of the Inner Harbor and the USS Constellation from Federal Hill Park

IMG_2682IMG_2684IMG_2631Launched 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.

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Aboard the Constellation

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A sky full of rigging

IMG_2623IMG_2624Constellation 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.

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The Gun Deck

Sailors' accommodation aboard the Constellation

Sailors’ lodgings on the Berth Deck

Sue checking out the accommodation

Sue checking out the accommodation

A Ses eye view of the Berth Deck

A Ses eye view of the Berth Deck

Ballast in the Hold

Ballast in the Hold

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.

Preparing to fire the cannon

Preparing to fire the cannon

Boom!

Boom!

The following summer, we returned to Baltimore and the Constellation (notice the ship is now facing the opposite direction)

The following summer, we returned to Baltimore and the Constellation (notice the ship is now facing the opposite direction)

Heave ho! - This time Rich and Mike got to help out

Heave ho! – This time Rich and Mike got to help out

Boom!

Boom!

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8 Responses to USS Constellation, Baltimore

  1. Great post! My hometown Bmore!

  2. quattrohands says:

    I have been following your blog for awhile now and didn’t appreciate your work. Kudos!

  3. jpeggytaylor says:

    There’s nothing quite like a wonderful old tall ship! The Constellation is a whole history lesson in itself! We really enjoyed your fascinating post and images 🙂

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