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USS Constitution

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Constitution, USS, American frigate carrying 44 guns, known as “Old Ironsides.” Launched in Boston in 1797, it served in the war with Tripoli and the War of 1812. In 1828 a plan to dismantle the warship provoked Oliver Wendell Holmes's poem “Old Ironsides.” The Constitution was rebuilt, berthed in Boston, and opened to the public in 1934.

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