The U.S.S. Constitution, a three-mast frigate, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship. Built primarily with dense southern live oak, its hull was 21 inches thick in an era when 18 inches was common. Paul Revere forged the copper spikes and bolts that held the planks in place. The 204-foot-long ship was first put to sea in 1798 and its most famous era of naval warfare was the War of 1812 against Britain, when it captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five warships, including the H.M.S. Guerriere. It was during the ferocious battle with the Guerriere that British seamen, astonished at how their cannonballs were bouncing off the Constitution’s hull, cried out, “Sir, Her sides are made from Iron!” Hence, the nickname, “Old Ironsides.” The Constitution today is a national landmark and is currently docked in Boston.
Old Ironsides,” is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat
Tall Ships Challenge. photo courtesy of johncarringtonphoto.com
forum.woodenboats.com SS Savannah, 1819, by Hunter Wood
New York Harbor 1860
Sailing ships at Sandridge (Port Melbourne) Railway Pier. The ships are moored on either side of the pier, and a steam locomotive hauling goods trucks is parked in the centre of the pier. Several rail lines run along the piers. Several people are standing
or sitting on the pier, and two men who are possibly a loco crew stand on the locomotive. A steam ship is visible on the left side of the pier. The locomotive was probably a pier-shunting 0-4-0 well tank type built by Robert Stephenson & Sons, England.
Mayflower II, New York Harbor Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart Mayflower II entering New York Harbor