The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the Navy — it was launched in 1797 and earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” in the War of 1812 — is in the midst of a three-year restoration at Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the Navy — it was launched in 1797 and earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” in the War of 1812 — is in the midst of a three-year restoration at Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Skilled workers relish chance to restore USS Constitution

Forty workers are undergoing a three-year, painstaking restoration of the world’s oldest commissioned warship at the Charlestown Navy Yard. By Karishma Mehrotra

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