USS Constitution

Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown, MA 02129


Across the warf from the USS Constitution Museum, the USS Constitution is docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Follow signs along I-93 to Rte. 1, then turn immediately off onto Constitution Road to the yard, just north of downtown Boston.


Displacement: 2200 tons
Length Overall: 204 billet head to taffrail, 175 at waterline
Beam(Width): 43 ft, 6 in.
Draft: 22ft, 6 in.
Foremast Height: 198 ft.
Mainmast Height: 220 ft.
Mizzenmast Height: 172 ft, 6 in.
Sail Area: 42,710 square ft.

General Information

The USS Constitution was launched in 1797 and has been in restoration ever since. It is a forty-four-gun frigate that served this country well. In 1794, when the Constitution and five other frigates were authorized, the new United States of America had been without a navy for nine years. Because of Barbary(North African) pirates, merchants who traded in the Mediterranean found it increasingly more difficult to conduct business. And there was no U. S. Navy to stop them. Thus, the Constitution was built by Joshua Humphreys and Josia Fox to be powerful enough to defeat any enemy of equal size and fast enough to outsail a stronger opponent.


No entry fee. Open daily and holidays, 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M., yearround.

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