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Old Ironsides goes out for a spin

USS Constitution in the water

Tamas K-L got a good view of the USS Constitution on its first voyage since getting out of drydock.

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Huzzah!!

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How many oars does it take to drive that thing?

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I always wondered why marine engines weren't rated according to oarspower.

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But seriously, the wiki is surprisingly vague on this. Is it towed during turnaround? Was a combustion-engine installed at some point? Do ships like this still get wind thrust due to their bulk (even if sails aren't unfurled)? So many questions.

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She is being towed whenever she leaves dock, including for turnaround, you can find photos online. The one exception was 1997, the ship's bicentennial, she was towed to Marblehead then 5 miles offshore, sailed on her own power for 40 minutes, then was towed back to Boston Harbor. See "Sailing on 200th Anniversary" section of the Wikipedia article.

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The Restoration Blog has many great images, I like the
photos of the copper sheathing restoration shown here:

https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/2016/11/18/new-copper-sheathing-2/

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