Since researching awesome travel attractions in Boston recently, and discovering the USS Constitution, I became fascinated with the many ways to support our troops as we travel. This ship amazes me because of its history and its amazing status today. The USS Constitution is a museum ship now, as are many retired battleships throughout United States waters. The difference is, the USS Constitution has never been decommissioned! This ship’s original commission was given by George Washington himself – that’s how old it is. Yet it is still afloat today. Still in commission and still afloat – and the oldest ship with those stats in the world.
You may have heard of the ship by its nickname, Old Ironsides. It got the name because of the way enemy fire seemed to bounce right off of its strong metal sides. Because it was not technically retired, the guides on board are all active-duty officers considered on special commission. I love that. It seems like the perfect way to celebrate our rich history and the heroes of our past as well as show support for our military today.
You can view the USS Constitution through Philadelphia educational tours and graduation trips. Through the summer the ship is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. with tours starting every thirty minutes. The tours are free of charge.