USS Constitution "Old Ironsides"
Model: USS Constitution "Old Ironsides"
This one's not done yet. I still have to do all of the rigging, something that takes a lot of time and patience, of which I seem to have very little these days. Fun kit to build and paint, lots of nice detail for an inexpensive kit. Read further down for more information on the USS Constitution.
The USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides" because cannon balls were seen bouncing off her tough oak sides, Is one of the original 6 frigates that made up the U.S. Navy. She is a 44-gun frigate built at the Edmond Hartt Shipyard, Boston, MA, in 1797. The USS Constitution was scheduled to be scrapped in 1830, but Oliver Wendell Holmes's poem "Old Ironsides" inspired a public movement to save it. Restored in 1925, the Constitution is now The oldest commissioned vessel in the US Navy.
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
September 16, 1830
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon's roar;
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more.
Her deck, once red with heroes' blood,
Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o'er the flood,
And waves were white below,
No more shall feel the victor's tread,
Or know the conquered knee;
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
The eagle of the sea!
Oh, better that her shattered bulk
Should sink beneath the wave;
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
And there should be her grave;
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
For more information on the USS Constitution visit the official web site at www.ussconstitution.navy.mil