White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

USS Constitution, Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


The USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in October 1797 and is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the the world. Crewed, maintained, and operated by the U.S. Navy, she is open to the public year-around for visitation.

I had the opportunity to visit recently with a group from the Plymouth Digital Photographers Club (PDP).

 The remarkably thick hull used live oak, unique to America at that time, and helped "Old Ironsides" achieve the 33-0 battle victory record.

All the many varied reflections, both in water and on brass, captured my attention.

These guns were capable of hurling a 24-pound solid iron shot nearly a mile.

Many hands have held this wheel over the centuries.







Old man in hat taking self-portrait in shiny brass.

I think this Van Gogh style reflection is my favorite image of the trip.

The forward mast is reflected in the ship's bell.  The mainmast is 220 feet tall and the mainsail is the size of a regulation basketball court!

Downtown Boston in the distance.




The World Ocean School's schooner "Roseway" sails by in Boston Harbor.


Downtown Boston is visible through the rigging.  At left, the white steeple of the Old North Church (of Paul Revere fame - "one if by land, two if by sea.") and at right, the former Custom House (now a Marriott property).


This Navy man supervised our after-hours tour. Thanks to PDP for making the arrangements!


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