Expedition Team: Dave Miller
Date: May 8, 2009
In the Charleston Navy Yard, a suburb of Boston, I visited the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. It was constructed in Boston in 1797. The three masted wooden-hulled heavy frigate ship is called “Old Ironsides”. It is nicknamed “Old Ironsides” because the USS Constitutions crew defeated four British ships in three battles during the War of 1812 and it appeared as if no enemy cannonballs could penetrate the ships strong oak hull. Navy crew members gave me a tour of the ship on deck and below deck. I enjoyed the interactive exhibits in the park museum and also toured the haunted Navy Fletcher Class Destroyer, the D793 USS Cassin Young which was built in 1943.