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USS Constitution hosts drills, sailors learn 1812 skills

The USS Constitution is tugged out to Fort Independence on Castle Island on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, during Old Ironsides' Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week." During the selects' week spent aboard Constitution, sailors teach them a variety of time-honored maritime skills while living and working aboard the ship.

MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS JOSHUA SAMOLUK/U.S. NAVY

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.

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During the selects' week spent aboard the Constitution, sailors learn a variety of time-honored maritime skills while living and working aboard the ship.
MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN APPRENTICE ALEC KRAMER/U.S. NAVY

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