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VIDEO: The old girl floats again

The world’s oldest commissioned naval ship afloat, the USS Constitution was relaunched last Sunday after completing an extensive restoration at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts.

NBC News reports that about every 20 years the ship enters dry dock for below-the-waterline repairs. This time, the restoration included replacing 100 hull planks and installing 2,200 new copper sheets.

This video by CBS Boston has more about the relaunching:

The ship earned her nickname “Old Ironsides” during the war of 1812, after she defeated the United Kingdom’s warship HMS Guerriere in a battle approximately 400 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.



VIDEO: The Friendship Sloop

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VIDEO: The loveable catboat

Those who appreciate catboats – with their beamy, rounded hulls, un-stayed masts, gaff rigs and ultra-long booms – find that these traditional sailboats are hard to beat, when it comes to practical design and pleasurable sailing.


VIDEO: Look, Ma, No Hands!

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Saved By The Bell … For Now

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VIDEO: This ship’s a complete wreck

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VIDEO: Cleaning house

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Viking Longship Sets Sail

The 115-foot Viking longship Draken Harald Harfage, a replica of the sailing and rowing craft used by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, set sail this week for Boothbay Harbor, Maine, from the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut