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Constitution sets sail for last time in 3 years



BOSTON (AP) - The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project.

The historic warship the U.S.S. Constitution left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Friday morning. It set and struck three topsails and then fired a 21-gun salute off Castle Island in South Boston.

The Constitution will get underway for the final time before the repair job on Oct. 17 but won't set its sails at that time because they will have already been removed.

Constitution crew members have spent the past week training 150 U.S. Navy chief petty officers on sailing techniques utilized aboard Old Ironsides since the 1790s.

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modenaro August 31 2014 at 5:28 AM

Constitution, there is that pesky word again. Now if we could just follow it.

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kkishb1999 August 31 2014 at 8:49 AM

These were the days of wooden ships and IRON MEN. This is when Men were Men and women LOVED them. And it started at the top with GREAT leaders that loved America and what America represented. We need America back. We need to rid this country of the LEFT, the Communists and the Radical muslims. WE need to get rid of the Reeds, Policies and Obama types. PERIOD

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Shadd August 31 2014 at 6:10 AM

A great ship and a ship by name this president doesnt even acknowledge.

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onionson August 31 2014 at 6:13 AM

I visited the ship on an elementary school field trip and again 35 years later on a visit to Boston. What a magnificent old warship and part of our history. Long may she sail.

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bobgaul120 August 31 2014 at 5:31 AM

Will o'bummer destroy this constitution too?

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nam2205 August 31 2014 at 8:07 AM

Soon this ship will be the only constitution we have.

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Tom nam2205 August 31 2014 at 6:31 PM

roseyoungstewart...is your entire family as blind as you are?

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chuck nam2205 August 31 2014 at 8:39 PM

rosey. do you ware glasses?

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hman570 August 31 2014 at 8:34 AM

Bearutifl ship, and the pride of America. To bad we don't build things to last any longer, instead we turn into a throw away country.

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giyank1 August 31 2014 at 7:09 AM

Don't worry he'll issue an Exective Order to change the name. Maybe USS Soros.

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kmcc895370 giyank1 August 31 2014 at 7:48 AM

or USS Gay Pride or the USS Executive Order.

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ROY S. MALLMANN August 31 2014 at 12:48 PM

When I was in the Navy on the U.S.S. Boston, I had a chance to go aboard the U.S.S. Constitution for a day. What a testiment to the Navy and the men who sailed her. It is just toally amazing and it makes you proud to be an American.

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nylp93 August 31 2014 at 3:44 PM

Too bad that so many Obama haters/Tea Partiers/KKK'ers have nothing to say about this great ship and American icon.

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t2trains nylp93 August 31 2014 at 10:54 PM

get a life, it is the a-hole liberals that are turning this country into a place of hate, and free ive aways.

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