USS Constitution Re-Launched in Boston Harbor Following Restoration

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild | BOSTON (July 4, 2014) USS Constitution fires a 17-gun salute near U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston during an Independence Day demonstration.

The USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat, was re-floated in Boston Harbor on Sunday, July 23, following 2 years of restoration work while in dry dock.

The wooden ship was launched in 1797 and earned its famous nickname notching victories in the War of 1812.

The recent work included replacing 100 hull planks and installing 2,200 new copper sheets, as well as a host of cosmetic upgrades.