Some historic preservationists are concerned that the Constellation—here, in the water again after extensive restoration work—is about to fall into the hands of a well-intentioned but ill-equipped educational foundation.
Creaking and moaning as the water rose around her, the historic 1854 sloop-of-war Constellation floated off her blocks, and hand-held radios all around the Fort McHenry Shipyard crackled to life, squawking in unison: "All stations. Dockmaster. Ship's afloat!"
After 19 months in drydock, the Constellation felt the breeze and tugged at her lines again. She rode high in the water, but her keel was straight, and her hull was sound. Even without her rigging, she gleamed in the August sunshine, sporting a fresh coat of black paint, with green, red, and gold trim.
The Constellation: 'Living Classroom?'
By Frank D. Roylance