Powerful 18th and 19th century sailing ships converge on Boston
Full Sail Across the Atlantic
In mid-April, two fleets gathered separately, in Southampton, England, and Genoa, Italy, and raced to Cadiz, Spain. Joined as one fleet, the ships then raced to Bermuda, arriving in the second week of June. After a four-day celebration in Bermuda, the ships sailed up the East Coast to Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, Delaware; New York City; and Newport, Rhode Island, to Boston. After another celebration, the ships will depart for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Battered, But Never Beaten
As home to the most famous tall ship in the United States, the USS Constitution, Boston is an appropriate host for the gathering. Known as Old Ironsides, the Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat. Ordered by President George Washington, the 44-gun frigate has gone to battle 33 times against the French, the British, and pirates of the Barbary Coast. She delivered troops to what is now Vietnam after the War of 1812, and later patrolled the African coast to fight the slave trade.
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