History: USS Constitution Frigate
Frigate: displacement: 2,200, length between perpendiculars 175′; beam 43’6″; depth (in hold) 14’3″; speed 13 knots; complement 460; armament 28 24-pounder, 10 12-pounder.
USS Constitution, one of six frigates authorized by act of Congress, approved 27 March 1794, was designed by Joshua Humphreys, and built at Hartt’s Shipyard, Boston, Mass., under the supervision of George Claghorn with Captain Samuel Nicholson as inspector. She was launched on 21 October 1797 and christened by Captain James Sever.
Into the trim frigate’s construction went timbers from States ranging from Maine to Georgia, as well as copper bolts and spikes supplied by Paul Revere. A ship of beauty, power, and speed thus was fashioned as a national expression of growing naval interest, and a symbol auguring the dedication, courage, and achievement of American fighting men and ships.
USS Constitution put to sea on 22 July 1798, commanded by Captain…
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