USS Constitution. Stamp released August 2012. First launched in 1797, USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Also known as Old Ironsides for her battle with the HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812.
USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts. A wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy; most famous for actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships. Also known as 'Old Ironsides'. Berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.
The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812. It follows a three-year restoration project and is the first time the Constitution has been to sea on its own since its 200th birthday in 1997.