At 215 years old, the USS Constitution is the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. But it’s not too old to take a quick sail.
For 17 minutes on Aug. 19, the ship cruised west across Boston Harbor, reaching a maximum speed of 3.1 knots. This was its first sail under its own power since turning 200 in 1997.
The short trip — a distance of 1,100 yards — was to commemorate the Constitution’s victory over a British warship of a similar size in a fierce battle during the War of 1812.
“This was really terrific,” chief petty officer Frank Neely, a Constitution spokesman and crewmember, told Cruising Compass. “It couldn’t have been more memorable.”