Four Ships Named Sterett
Just as the sun was setting on a balmy August Saturday evening in Baltimore, Sailors at the stern of the guided-missile destroyer Sterett (DDG-104) raised the American flag to signify her status as a newly commissioned ship of the U.S. Navy. The ceremony evoked the Maryland city's past contributions to naval history. Moored just ahead of the new gleaming gray warship was the Constellation, a wooden-hulled sailing ship from the 19th century. For decades she has been a centerpiece of the city's tribute to the American naval past.
As speaker after speaker pointed out that evening, the new ship was named for Lieutenant Andrew Sterett, a Baltimore native who served in the fledging U.S. Navy at the beginning of the 19th century. He served in a previous Constellation, one that bequeathed her name to the ship that bore witness to this new event. Then, in 1801, Sterett sailed from Baltimore in command of the schooner Enterprise and took her into successful battle against the Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean.