Ask a group of average Americans to name the oldest vessel in our Navy today and the chances are that most of the replies will be amiss. The exciting career and brilliant achievements of "Old Ironsides," the frigate Constitution, have been told and retold both at home and abroad but the history of a still older vessel, the famous frigate Constellation, which took her beginning in a Maryland shipyard 140 years ago, seems to have drifted into oblivion. This worthy old craft has the distinction not only of being the oldest ship in our Navy today but of being the first of the six frigates authorized by Congress in the Act of March 27, 1794, to win honors for her country on the high seas.
The Frigate Constellation - Oldest Vessel in Our Navy Today
By Ruby R. Duval