The Freedom Trail Part #7 – USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard – Boston, MA

For Part #6, click here

The last stop along the Freedom Trail is the USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard.  Although all of our feet were absolutely screaming at this point, we were still super excited and upbeat.  For anyone who may not be familiar, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship currently afloat, being originally launched in 1797.  The ship became famous during the war of 1812 when its defeat of 4 British naval ship earned it the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Currently, people can tour the USS Constitution for free, but you have to present your Driver’s License or Passport, go through a metal detector, and send your bag(s) through an x-ray machine (it is the U.S. Navy, after all).

The ship is very cool.  Tourists can go topside, as well as below, and we took full advantage of the unique photo op.  B- next to a cannon, H- and I taking the helm, H- and B- posing together under the sails, etc.

After we took in everything there was to see on the USS Constitution, we took a quick look around the rest of the Navy Yard.  Sadly, the USS Cassin Young was closed for visitors when we arrived, but we still got to take pictures of the outside, which is definitely the closest I’ve ever been to a destroyer (other than the board game, Battleship, that is).

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