Building A Rowboat for Old Ironsides

To warm you up and set you off into deep appreciation for the historical significance of the USS Constitution, I give you this little documentary about the Navy’s prized warship, Old Ironsides. Docked in Charlestown, MA across the Charles River from downtown Boston, the USS Constitution is a fixture along the working waterfront that faces Boston’s modern skyscrapers and busy streets. Soon (mid May) she will be dry docked so that major restoration can be done on her hull below the waterline, mostly. However she will remain open as a museum while in dry dock. She is the oldest floating commissioned naval vessel in the world.

Even cooler though, is that the rowboat being built for the frigate, a 32-foot Cornish Pilot Gig, has been commissioned to be built by the students at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Michigan. After they successfully constructed an American Whale Boat to compliment the only remaining American wooden whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan, the school was invited to visit the Constitution and talk began at that time about building another rowing boat at the school.

Check out the progress made at the Great Lakes Boat Building School on their website, and read this article to learn more. And if you’re a local New Englander, it will probably be VERY COOL to visit Old Ironsides while she is in dry dock. Very few museums would let you continue touring during major construction.  It will be a sight to behold!

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