USS Constellation is a sloop-of-war, the last sail-only warship designed and built by the United States Navy. She was built in 1854, using a small amount of material salvaged from the frigate USS Constellation, which had been disassembled the year before. Despite being a single-gundeck "sloop," she is actually larger than her original frigate build, and more powerfully armed with fewer but much more potent shell-firing guns.The sloop was launched on 26 August 1854 and commissioned on 28 July 1855 with Captain Charles H. Bell in command. She remained in service for close to a century before finally being retired in 1954. She is now preserved as a museum ship in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a National Historic Landmark.Design and constructionFrom 1816 to the 1830s, the Navy accumulated extensive stocks of live oak timbers for use in new warship construction under the provisions of the Act for the Gradual Increase of the Navy of the United States, passed in 1816. In the early 1850s, the Navy decided to build a new sail-powered ship using these existing stockpiles, calling for a sloop-of-war that would be fast, with a long endurance, and sufficiently armed to be capable of engaging other warships of her type. This would produce a capable warship while keeping costs low since the material used was already on hand and an expensive steam engine would not be required. Chief Constructor John Lenthall prepared the design, along with Edward Delano, the constructor of the Gosport Shipyard. In June 1853, Lenthall completed the hull half model, which was necessary to scale up the design and to prepare the necessary hull timbers. During this period, the new vessel's namesake, was in the process of being broken up a short distance away in the Gospart yard.Plan to see USS Constellation and other attractions that appeal to you using our Baltimore holiday planning website .
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Going onboard the Constellation is a must if you’re visiting the harbor. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it. The displays are so neat and everyone is very knowledgeable about the history of the s... more »
she is maintained well. You can get around almost all of her. very good glimpse of what is was like crewing her back then! more »
Theres a 4 ship pass you can get and its really fun. The passes are good for a year, so you can take your time. This one had people in Civil War costumes, the space inside is a unique experience- you feel like you're on a pirate ship!
People were much smaller back in the day... But despite being 6'3", I still had a great time. It is definitely worth a visit. It is fascinating and the staff is super knowledgeable and engaging. I wish I could remember the name of the one who was down on the bottom level giving us all that knowledge during a CESSE conference "afterglow". He was asking us what we thought something did or was for and then gave us the answer. It was very pleasant. They also shot off a cannon. Obviously a blank, but it was fun!
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