BOSTON — The USS Structure and its crew are paying tribute to well being care employees and first responders for his or her service in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Outdated Ironsides, because the warship is understood, is scheduled to take about 200 well being care employees and first responders on a three-hour tour in Boston Harbor this coming Friday, the Navy stated in a press release.
In the course of the journey, the USS Constitution will conduct a 21-gun salute at Fort Island, and a 17-gun salute at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, the previous website of the Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard, the place the vessel was constructed and launched in 1797.
The USS Structure is the world’s oldest commissioned warship nonetheless afloat, and performed a vital function within the Barbary Wars and the Struggle of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 till 1855.
USS Structure was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents.
It earned its nickname in the course of the Struggle of 1812 when British cannonballs had been seen bouncing off its wood hull.