The next stop along my Boston Photo Tour is The USS Constitution. It is the world’s oldest floating commissioned naval vessel. Retired from active service in 1881, she served as a receiving ship until designated a museum ship in 1907. She is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, at one end of Boston’s Freedom Trail.
As a fully commissioned US Navy ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors year-round and providing free tours.
While on the ship Zander had the honor of raising and lowering a flag that was to be sent to a General. The flag was saluted as it was raised briskly and lowered slowly.
Zander also got some great photos of the ship (see slideshow below).