USS Constitution hosts drills, sailors learn 1812 skills
By JULES CRITTENDEN | Boston Herald | Published: August 31, 2019
BOSTON (Tribune News Service) — Dozens of sailors converged on the USS Constitution this week to immerse themselves in the U.S. Navy’s history.
The sailors — all candidates for promotion to chief petty officer — learned square-rig sailing skills, and the naval gunnery and Marine Corps drills of 1812 — including musketry and the use of boarding pikes.
On Friday, the Constitution set sail in Boston Harbor, with the chiefs and the ship’s crew working together to drop, set and furl the three sails during the four-hour cruise.
The Constitution is the world’s oldest active-duty commissioned warship still afloat, seeing sea duty from 1797 to 1855, and combat in the Barbary Wars and the War 1812.