USS Constitution Sails Under Own Power For First Time In 15 Years

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CHARLESTOWN (CBS) — The U.S. Navy’s oldest commissioned warship sailed under its own power Sunday for just the second time 131 years to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, left Charlestown at 9:57 a.m. with tug boats attached to her sides and 285 people on board.

View:Photos Of USS Constitution’s Sail

A half-hour later, Commander Matt Bonner and Dr. Phil Budden, Britain’s Consul General to New England, tossed a wreath into the ocean to honor the Constitution’s battle with the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.

The ceremony marked the 200th anniversary of Constitution’s victory over the Guerriere. It was the first time a United States frigate defeated a Royal Navy frigate at or nearly equal size, according to the U.S. Navy.

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