Fresh from Dry Dock, the Constitution Reopens to Visitors
The frigate USS Constitution returned to the waters of Boston Harbor on the night of 23 July after a two-year restoration in historic Dry Dock 1 of the Charlestown Navy Yard at Boston National Historical Park.
Beginning Labor Day weekend, the Constitution’s crew is welcoming visitors once again to the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat for tours and stories of the nearly 220-year-old vessel.
The historic ship’s preservation and restorations are executed by the staff of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Detachment Boston. DET Boston is the descendant of the hundreds of Charlestown Navy Yard workers who have cared for the ship since her return to Boston in 1897, in time for the 100th anniversary of her launch.
Her latest restoration began when she entered dry dock in May 2015. Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard is the second oldest operational naval dry dock in the country. The Constitution was the first naval vessel to enter the dock, on 24 June 1833.