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“Huzzah! her sides are made of iron!” exclaimed a sailor aboard the USS Constitution after sustaining heavy enemy fire from HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. Thus goes the story of how the Constitution earned her nickname “Old Ironsides.”
The Young Friends of Historic New England learned about Old Ironsides’ history and explored her hulls in a joint event with the USS Constitution Museum and its Young Professionals group. On a clear, crisp summer evening, the group toured the 214-year-old vessel with one of the active crew members aboard the Constitution. The Young Friends traveled below the main deck to explore the sleeping quarters for the more than five hundred crew members and the captain and officers’ lodgings, and precariously navigated the steep staircases and low ceilings.
The evening ended with the Young Friends observing (from a safe distance) the Constitution perform her daily cannon shots at sundown.
To experience events such as this with fellow young professionals, consider joining the Young Friends of Historic New England.