Sunday, August 19, 2012

200 years ago today

The USS Constitution dismasted and beat the HMS Guerriere like a redheaded stepchild in the War of 1812.

This was when she got her name "Old Ironsides" from the way the cannon balls bounced off her 21" thick oaken sides.

She will be making way under her own sail today, the second time in over a century to make a victory lap outside Boston harbor.

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