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America was at the crossroads throughout

the sixties radical political ideas

challenged the conservative order and

there was revolution riots exploded in

the cities troops were called out and

there was bloodshed the 70s found the

nation at war though the country seemed

united against the enemy dissension

divided Americans one against the other

and many left the country rather than

fight a war they considered immoral and

unjust then in the 80s and 90s America

struggled to secure its position in a

rapidly changing world acts of terrorism

by Middle Eastern government's

increasingly disrupted commerce and

transport much of the American public

felt that problems at home should be our

national focus and Washington was

cautious about becoming involved in the

new European alliances but Washington

was retiring after his second term as

president and the politics of the new

Congress of 1798 were sharply divided on

our nation's course one of the deepest

divisions was on the future of an

American Navy and soon that the cry

would go up for free trade and sailor's

rights

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America has few symbols as enduring as

Old Ironsides a technological marvel of

her time the USS Constitution gave our

young Republic its first victories at

sea now restored to her original

splendor by skilled craftspeople

and children from all over America who

contributed their pennies for her new

sails Constitution reaffirms America's

dreams as her crew sails our into the

21st century

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on July 21st 1997 USS Constitution

celebrated her 200th birthday by sailing

for the first time in a hundred and

sixteen years following in the footsteps

of thousands who served on her yet

another generation of young sailors are

learning leadership and the almost

forgotten skills of sailing the great

frigates of the past after being only

for a wild and stuff you get to

basically how to function how they work

like a hundred years ago and stuff like

that and see kind of get kind of the

same feeling the same outlook what they

had

what does she mean to me

she means life liberty and freedom she

means everything this was the start of

it on this here's the United States

right here you know to me it's it's the

heart and soul of a Navy and there's no

other place I would rather start it in

here

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to me personally I'm sitting on history

I mean I've always been a real history

buff and just sitting on the ship and

just to feel the to feel the spirit

that's in this ship every single day

constitutionally she's a symbol to a lot

of people and she's a different symbol

to many different people around the

world

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a ship is named after a document that

were still we still live by after 200

years that ship could talk I just love

to hear the story she could tell

the Treaty of Paris 1783 the United

States was a free and independent nation

so recognized by Great Britain and by

the rest of the world but if we have

gained our independence we had lost

something as well we had lost membership

in the British Empire we had lost the

protection of the Royal Navy

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the new United States had one of the

largest virtual Marines in the world but

it was a merchant marine undefended

exposed American ships could now venture

to all parts of the world if they so did

but at great risk what was there in the

Mediterranean that we encountered the

Barbary Corsairs in the summer of 1793

it grew to a crisis several vessels were

seized in the Mediterranean no long it

could be issued or a movement was now

underway in the Congress to build an

American Navy Joshua Humphreys

Philadelphia ship right ship designer

was engaged to design these vessels work

was underway Humphreys had some ideas

and in the first week of January of 94

he wrote a letter to one of his

politically powerful friends Robert

Morris and in this letter he set forth

his philosophy that the ships be

frigates that they be longer than

frigates then normally built somewhat

wider heavily built and heavily armed so

he essentially was saying what we need

is a super frigate and the real genius

of Humphreys was that he managed to do

it and he came up with a unique

structural feature that made it possible

and this basically is just referred to

as the diagonal riders but in fact it

involved a whole series of structures of

which the diagonal rioters where you

might say the keystone these great huge

box of pre-stressed timber free pair of

them heading aft three more heading

forward the the rear most forward one

the foremost rear one meet each other

down there by the keel and they press

against each other

the others are tenant into the keelson

that piece of wood above the keel these

diagonal riders transmit the weights

from other structures up above down to

these positions and then through the

riders themselves down there where these

guys

or cancel out those guys back there here

in the main hold we can get a sense of

this great sweep of these diagonal

riders as they rise from the bilges up

the ship's side until they end in a

bird's beak

cut braced up against the deck beams of

the deck above I'm seeing it on a

standard need each of these knees you

see here is above the upper end of one

of those diagonal riders and helps

transmit the ship's weight down to it

inboard of it you can see this joggled

seam in the deck this represents the

interlock of the thick planks there are

four lines of these running the entire

length of the hull and on the two

outboard lines there exist a series of

stanchions running up to support the

beams of the deck above the gun deck and

above each of these stations is located

one of the great guns on that deck here

we see another version of a standard

knee connecting one of the lines of

thick planks to the bow of the ship

there is another such knee near the

stern connecting it there through this

means then we have four continuous

structures banding the entire length of

the ship this horizontal member is one

of the breast hooks in the ship intended

to unite the curving form of the bow

into one solid piece the sloping green

area between the deck and the side of

the ship is called spear cutting it too

is made up of interlocking pieces that

in their entirety provide a solid belt

holding the shape of the ship throughout

its circumference we're now on the gun

deck the highest level in the ship

involved in Joshua Humphreys innovative

structure again we have four lines of

interconnected thick plank running the

entire length of the deck we again have

the sparkling interlocked forming a belt

all around this level the summation is

we have this entire girder of strength

designed by Joshua Humphreys to make

this truly Old Ironsides after initial

problems with her launch Constitution

was finally afloat in October of 1797 in

1798 she had her first assignment to

protect our merchant vessels from French

vessels in the West Indies

during our undeclared quasi war with the

new revolutionary France by 1803 she was

on her way to the Mediterranean under

the command of Commodore Edward Preble

the Barbary States it again stepped up

their seizure of American vessels and

the appearance of trebles squadron in

the company of several other frigates

quickly brought the Emperor of Morocco

to sign a peace treaty meanwhile the

frigate Philadelphia under command of

William Bainbridge one of Constitution's

future captains had been captured by

Tripoli tons and the crew held for

ransom after sizing up the situation at

Tripoli crebbil sent lieutenant Stephen

Decatur a number of volunteers on a

nighttime raid to board and burn the

Philadelphia in tripolis Inner Harbor

following the success of this operation

rebel blockaded and attacked Tripoli

after much ferocious hand-to-hand combat

the true Politan fleet withdrew after

another attack in several bombardments

of the city the Bey of Tripoli severely

modified his ransom demands for

Philadelphia's crew and accepted a peace

treaty Constitution had passed her first

test under fire the Wars of the French

Revolution drew the world's two great

superpowers into conflict France vs

Great Britain the United States

benefited from this war because as the

British drove the French Merchant Marine

from the Seas American ships came to

take their place at the same time

however the British could not long

tolerate the American Merchant Marine

doing what the French had once done and

the British began to torment American

commerce one of the methods that the

British tormented us with was something

called impressment this was a rough and

ready form of Selective Service the

British would be likely to stop an

American ship on the high seas then the

British officer would ask the American

seaman if any of them were British

subjects they might all deny it but they

could not prove that they were not

British subjects and so some of these

men would find themselves recruited

impressed into the service of his

majesty it was an outrage to take

American citizens in this fashion but

the British Navy the most powerful in

the world and a navy much in need of men

kept up the practice nonetheless know

the impressment of our seamen and the

taking of our ships and going on for me

refresh my memory when you mention it it

just reached the breaking point that's

what I really was the ironic thing about

it was the British government had

decided to back off and the message was

on the way across the Atlantic when we

declared war already video well that's

quite a long time and important in those

days well what's the big game of the

ship anybody oh alright same way no wise

old ironsides about two o'clock in the

afternoon on the 19th of August about

600 miles due east of Boston so look at

it at the foremost sighted a sail on the

larboard bow by about 3:30 halt knew it

was a British frigate so the British

ship fired a broadside how a watch to

see where the shot landed and then

steered in that direction to throw the

British aim off when he was coming up on

the starboard quarter of Garry air at a

range of about half a pistol-shot they

opened up with these double shot at

broadsides it was a firestorm over there

and 20 minutes later the mission went by

the board and then rendered garrier

unmanageable unmanned it made her swing

in and she hit Constitution right here

and Hollis took up a position off her

larboard bow and you let go to full

broadside at her and then when he saw he

was getting no response

Wow and somebody goof they collided

together but both sides attempted to

board unsuccessfully and then they

pulled apart and as they pulled apart

the whole shock and the affair brought

the other two masts on gear down and of

the road they're shooting their cannon

ball bounces right off the sides of the

ship sailors on board slain huzzah her

sides made of iron and we had our first

victory and psychologically it was a

tremendous victory in terms of combat it

was nothing

the loss of a single frigate to the

massive Royal Navy which had about a

thousand ships to our seventeen at this

point was like a flea bite on an

elephant but psychologically for us it

was tremendous and a very perceptive

reporter for the London Times wrote when

upon hearing of the the loss of derriere

it's not that in and of itself this is

too significant but the fact that it can

set the tone of the war and as we look

back on it now these many years later it

did a little over six weeks after

returning to Boston Constitution sailed

once more this time under the command of

William Bainbridge Constitution and

Hornet proceeded to the coast of Brazil

and on the 29th of December some miles

to the northeast of South Salvador

caught sight of two vessels by

afternoon's end Constitution had

defeated HMS Java in heavy fighting that

left main bridge wounded and British

captain Lambert dying

aside from setting the tone of the war

when news of the Java loss got to the

Admiralty the word went out official

orders British frigates will not seek

battle with American 44 gun frigates

unless they're in squadron strength once

again both in terms of damage survived

and in terms of fighting power

Joshua Humphreys formula proved itself

when Bainbridge came back

he was transferred from command of

Constitution so that somebody else could

have a chance and in June of 1813

Charles Stewart was ordered up from

Norfolk to take command of the ship

about 180 miles northeast of Madera this

one afternoon the 20th of February 1815

about 1:30 in the afternoon the lookout

speights a contact well ahead in the

haze on the library bow a little while

later a second one is seen somewhat more

to the right the two British ships

maneuver the way are together we're a

few minutes shy of sunset when

Constitution ranges up on the starboard

side of this little British column

Stewart orders one gun fired between

them that was his invitation to engage

in no time at all both sides are

flailing away with everything within 20

minutes the smoke is so engulfed the

ships they can't see one another when

Stuart checks fire going and see

somebody to shoot at for sure since the

rear most of the two British ships that

he sees first and when he sees her she

seems to be trying to maneuver at the

cross in the stern to rake him to shoot

down his length which is deadly

seeing this Stuart orders a broadside

into the cloud of smoke where the

leading Brit ought to be he looses his

Horsell he loses his head sails so

they're no longer going when he backs

sails on his maintenance and he reverses

his court he backs his ship down this

surprises the African British ship which

finally finds itself not several hundred

yards away but almost one out of the

marvels of Constitution John

and she gets full treatment in very

short order this British ship is a wreck

the masts are tottering and she stumbles

off upwind and goes dead in the water

Stewart seeing what's happened to this

enemy then looks ahead to his other one

Stewart claps on his sails to regain

forward motion we're short to cut under

the stern of this forward enemy

unleashes two double broadsides into his

Stern at very short range and he

continues around until he's once again

heading for the first one who appears to

be trying to come back into the fight

the Sun has now set Stewart pulls up on

the larboard quarter and is ready to

unleash all hell again when that enemy

surrenders Stewart takes possession of

his Majesty's white frigate signing

which takes about an hour he then gets

underway again and goes to look for the

other one he'd hardly been underway

fifteen minutes when they caught sight

of the other enemy coming toward him and

in short order of these these foe past

one another on parallel courses going in

opposite directions

and each Unleashed bra a broadside at

the other but the big difference was

even as they were passing Stewart put

his rudder over and cut short under the

enemy once again and raked him to the

rear the enemy staggered changed course

to run with the wind and tried to get

away as Constitution drew into the

enemy's weight

Stewart moved his forward most

24-pounders around so they fired through

the tube bridle port

dead ahead and as he closed gradually in

on the enemy he was chewing it to bits

from the stern forward and finally about

ten o'clock that night the enemy turn

dropped in sail and quit

here's his philosophy builder bigger

heavier stronger faster did it work

well she fought three major battles in

the war of 1812 and she got chased three

times she went on my battles and never

got caught

I think Joshua Humphries did pretty well

as a matter of fact he did so well that

this basic design became the standard

for frigates around the world for as

long as there were sailing warships

constitution's front-line career ended

at the time that our country was first

coming into its own as a political power

during the following year she played a

role in that political landscape by

acting as a kind of a vessel of US

diplomacy again and again she came back

into the public imagination as a symbol

of our heritage and of our growing world

influence she also held sway in the

imaginations of painters and writers

during the first half of the 19th

century Oliver Wendell Holmes poem Old

Ironsides has been learned by

generations of American schoolchildren I

tear her tattered ensign down long as it

waved on high and many and I has danced

to see that banner in the sky beneath it

rung the battle shout and burst the

cannons roar the meteor of the ocean air

shall sweep the clouds no more her deck

once read with hero's blood when knelt

the vanquished foe when winds were

hurrying or the flood and waves were

white below no more shall feel the

victors tread or know the conquered knee

the harpies of the shore shall pluck the

Eagle of the sea Oh better that her

shattered Hulk should sink beneath the

wave her thunders shot the mighty deep

and there should be her grave nailed to

the mast her holy flag set every

threadbare sailor and give her to the

gods of storms the lightning and the

gale

in the spring of 1853 his Constitution

was heading toward the west coast of

Africa on her last mission as a warship

to help curb the slave trade James

Fenimore Cooper wrote in putnams monthly

it is seldom indeed that men have ever

come to respect a mere machine as this

vessel is loved and respected and we

hope that they may be far distant when

his noble frigate will cease to occupy a

place in the list of the marine of the

Republic it's getting to be an honor of

itself to have commanded her and a long

catalogue of names belonging to gallant

and skilful seaman has already been

gathered into the records of the past

that claim this enviable distinction

neither disaster nor disgrace ever

befell any man who filled this honorable

station after a major rebuild in 1858

Constitution became a training ship for

Annapolis naval cadets and aside from a

somewhat dubious rebuild in 1873 76 her

fortunes sagged as did her hull until in

1881 she ceased her sailing career

altogether by 1883 she'd been fitted

with a housing structure as a receiving

ship at Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1927

a more complete reconstruction began

under the supervision of Lieutenant John

April Lord

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although much of this restoration was

based upon the 1850s historical

configuration of Constitution the

fairness of it prepared her for four

years of touring the country under tow

by tugs sailing out of Boston in 1931

through the Panama Canal and up the west

coast she visited in 92 ports

greeted everywhere by throngs of

visitors she wants more showed her

symbolic power to lift American spirits

which had fallen during the depths of

the Great Depression after her great

tour she became a prominent Museum in

the Charlestown Naval Yard a major

restoration in the 70s set the policy of

returning her tour 1812 condition in all

future restorations although she was

towed out into the harbor each year her

sailing days now seemed only history

then in 1992 began a new restoration

that would realize both the heritage of

USS Constitution and her role as one of

the great sailing vessels of all time it

started with a decision to achieve

historical accuracy by embracing change

the biggest problem I had was gone

through the attitude that was always

taken to the shipyard is that the

restoration was correct and if we

replaced something we picked up a

template of the unit we were reversing

and put it back exactly as it was so I

had that I had trouble getting older

that I didn't want to see change take

place I didn't think change was proper

and where I could fight it I fought it

wasn't until we got the president plan

from England and we did a lot of

research on Joshua Humphrey papers and I

looked into a little a little deeper

that I began to realize that most of the

stuff and that made a lot of sense and

there were a lot of small things done on

the ship that a heavy duty overall

strength of the ship there was no real

sense in thinking of strengthening the

ship until we could get it straightened

out and my supervisor Charlie Dean's was

a personal call

mentioned sand blocks Tomi so the ship

sat on sand and which enabled us to

auger the sand out relieve the pressure

at that particular keel block repack the

keel block recut it and settled the ship

repeatedly by doing that up and down the

key line length eighth of an inch of

time since she's a fighter

you don't want to lose a third or better

of the ship's length by not putting

cannon there so we have cannon all the

way to the bow and the stern well these

great weights out here and here what

happens you tend to droop yeah hogging

is the technical term you tend to droop

how do you offset that that's what the

designer of this ship just Joshua

Humphreys came up with something nobody

had ever done before and you're looking

at them here behind me yes sir

whose diagonal riders ships were being

built reports are being given to

Congress the keel has been laid the Hall

is being flanked the diagonals are

installed the pressed hooks are

installed a master being made the boats

are finished ready for sales it's one

thing to say there were diagonal riders

or another to say what are they the

second question was also would they be

effective in addressing the problems

with hog within the ship DTR see David

Turner Research Center which is the

engineering branch of the Navy was asked

to do model testing of the effectiveness

of dogma riders within the within

Constitution they began by running

computer simulations of two dimensional

analysis and came back to us and said

there is no effectiveness in the

addition of diagonals within the hall we

did what Humphreys would have done and

that is we actually scale modeled

Constitution and modeled the diagonal

right errs in the sixth one 216 scale

model of the ship and showed 10%

increase in stiffness with the diagonals

installed within the hall DT RC was

invited to come up and observe our

testing

and results they signed off on it and

said yeah you guys are doing it right

and then with that information we

Charlie redefined our objective to go

beyond simple repair of the ship and

extend the overhaul to a true

restoration in which the structural

components within the hall the diagonal

riders took strikes standard knees

midship knees and stanchions were to be

installed this time rather than waiting

until the next overhaul scheduled for

2010 or 2015 we actually physically

modeled built a box template of the

exact dimension of the diagonal right or

to be installed those were removed one

at a time the offsets generated and

simply a table of offsets facts to the

laminator and nine months later glued

laminate writer arrived on site

throughout the restoration divers

periodically checked Constitution to see

how well the diagonal riders had

corrected her hugging problem measured

along a wire run from stem to stern

she had started with a maximum adjusted

hog of almost 14 inches in 1992 the

figure was less than one-third that by

1995 after installation of the diagonal

riders it was still holding well just

before her sailing in 1997

Constitution's restoration continued to

reveal the innovations that had made her

such a remarkable ship coppering of her

hull had protected her from sea worms

and reduced maintenance masts consisted

of four pieces of wood banded together

assured that they would not easily be

broken by cannonballs

the modern innovation of new DuPont

fiber will lengthen the life of her

sales yet these same sales were crafted

in the traditional manner see right here

keep that keep the whipping in the

middle of the grommet built with money

collected from schoolchildren by the

Ironsides pennies campaign these sales

were the beginning of the plan to sale

Constitution for her 200th anniversary

you just don't take her out to sea

unknowingly

the ship is pretty well thoroughly

surveyed engineers have been throughout

the ship studying all aspects of our

materials and Reagan sails mast hull so

she's pretty well understood there

aren't any unknowns engineers have

placed markers you can see the little

grass strip here with a reference line

you're watching how the transom

structure moves in relation to the

frames a little grass strip is measured

up against a reference line which

they've made earlier so that they can

track how this crack is opening and

closing as the ship moves there are all

ways to look at the Constitution it's a

national treasure there's only one you

want to be very very careful with what

you do and I certainly wouldn't want to

proceed without having all my dinner in

hand having that thoroughly analyzed so

we understand exactly what we will be

doing in Constitution but we go to 125th

scale models so that we would match up

with the capabilities of the tank at the

u.s. Naval Academy we just modeled the

elements that we needed to get the drag

forces on the ship and see how it would

respond to wind and wave in the video

clip you see the model at 23 win 23

knots of wind

the model is heeling eight to ten

degrees the wind is in any sailboat

totally dominates the ship motion when

you added the waves on top of the wind

you get very little increase there is a

swell element in Massachusetts Bay that

comes in at about ten seconds and when

that swell occur is it's at the natural

rope here

Constitution and it would set the ship

to rolling 24 degrees 12 degrees port

and starboard but with this information

we were able to change the towing scheme

put the ship on a house as soon as we

get out to where we would or possibly

encounter that type of swell so we were

sure we didn't endanger the the tug or

the ship itself yeah so much has been

written about Constitution in terms of

her battle her histories and the

personalities and the captains and the

crew neglecting the fact that it's the

original engineering design of the ship

solving the design criteria fast speed

under sail and carrying heavy armament

is really the reason why Constitution

was successful the end state was not to

say Oh Constitution it was to restore

Constitution Charlie Dean's was the

mastermind of course of the restoration

of the ship and I think he must have

been thinking that somebody's gonna want

to sail this ship because if you look at

the way he restored the ship he put it

in pristine condition but he left no

screw unturned he left no knot

improperly tied so that when we made the

decision let's sail there was nothing

else we had to do material readiness

wise to the ship it was ready to sail

all we needed was sails and a crew who

were trained to sail

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you're in Constitution we have very

strong vision and picture of the future

our mission representing the values and

ideals of not only the Naval Service but

the nation is a compelling vision to

these young people it's an important

vision in sailing the ship into the 21st

century is an important vision I have my

personal belief of why the ship should

sail but every one of them needs to be

able to answer the question the value

was so valuable to us you know other

terms that you've heard now you can see

it come tonight that's what happened

with that so we would do all the

training here you got on bounty and it

just came to life Constitution's crew

learned square-rigged sailing aboard HMS

Bounty a 169 foot replica of captain

Bligh's famous ship built for the movie

mutiny on the bounty

she was preserved by MGM studios at the

insistence of the movies lead Marlon

Brando

now she's run by the bounty foundation

whose experienced crew teaches

square-rigged sailing on the east coast

of course what song you gonna hire this

blue energy the corner she knows is what

pulls it up close the corners the

corners in the center menu bunch of

leeches you've got a inner order and a

leech the leeches the article is edgy to

zero right that's where this is on the

other edge so it pulls it in even

further then you have the inner bunch

you know how the curtain goes up a movie

better right

well the inner takes the inner up and

then the outer takes the out of those

bases like a nice little part for top

make it lines ready and switch back to

where you're at crews punch leeches

ready work together everybody pull it

down and in ready hands up hands up

forward back it in there you go make

that Lionel loose your lawns gonna have

somebody here trying to close late hey

attend them rise take them off the pins

when you're ready standing by give me

any report I want to know and then we'll

be standing by for a parade where we're

gonna have to pray we're in just a few

seconds that we're going into these

boats over here when we go to where ship

we will always be what we call bracing

to the wind okay

would that mean to see whether the flag

is right now the wind's coming from

right here when you put those yards

directly into the wind that sails gonna

flutter that's what we want it's the

same thing as striking you're taking the

drive over as the ship is moving the

wind direction is gonna move - you don't

understand what I'm saying so what I

want you to do is always keep that sail

flutter if the sale starts filling

forward you got to pull a little more

instead what I'm saying if the sale

starts back when and the yards gone past

the win and stop the fill stop you want

to keep that sails flooding just keep

them fluttering okay very well

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and the right direction then you check

it right if you de checked it before

you'd have been headed towards these

docks here the ship's too big to do them

then would take one turn off we want all

the yards to move with the main course

that's this lorry yard on this main mass

all the yards should be lined up with

this yard if it don't move you don't

move if it moves you move

it's a beer to put that no

what are you doing is tending because

what happens when the northern yard your

braces is here just like this now okay

on your braces on the low of the yard

you're gonna start pulling on those

places so you want to smack the bring

you home okay you want to keep control

of your small around take offense we're

gonna bring the spoon around through the

men and then we're gonna strike all the

sales they're gonna brace all yards

squared of the ship and they send kids

aloft just do put in a harbor for all

the nice pretty flow will drive the ship

to the pier thick grace all yards square

to the ship blackboard I'll starve it

guys are watch your being time very

comfortable and very confident I'm doing

now and I feel that I can see all comes

to shoes and Ford lashing the gyms at

most

the conference really what we work on is

just getting acclimated to being real

you know sailors as in rigging square

soles you know the language all these

things me that's what you have to

actually that's where we had to pick up

and learn it and we have to go beyond

you know we have to actually put a lot

of history and a lot of different things

in our head that you know you're not

gonna find except maybe in a history

class the the Constitution sailors are

really good at their jobs not just on

board the ship but also in their offices

and and these these are dedicated crew

members who have squared away uniforms

and they don't cut corners when you see

the people out there on the ship

basically you're looking at sailors who

are learning to sail the ship yet after

they're done with their learning they

come back into their offices and

continue to run the command sometimes a

hard day is filled with style training

I was kind of blown away when I first

came here I have four boys and my oldest

son said to me dad it was what does this

ship has to do to me and unfortunately I

couldn't answer them and I found that I

have a black brothers were on ships

throughout New England throughout the

world really so I think we really need

to rethink our history in that aspect

David debiasse was a black boy were born

in Boston and he joined the Navy in 1813

and became a crew member in Constitution

fought in her final battle against the

signee Levant in early 1815 and then

when the ship came back to Boston and

became inactive he left the service when

she was reactivated for service in the

Mediterranean between 18 21 and 24 David

was back aboard again in New England

black men were seven times more likely

than white men to go to sea because of

their lack of property their limited

opportunity for employment so you know

the sea offered them in a chance to

advance matter of fact this was probably

the only place where a black man could

actually advance to a level to where he

would make more money than his white

counterpart

so I found that to be very interesting

and I can see where we're you know we

would run off to see I certainly what if

I got better treatment so like this is

probably one of the best spots I could

be to begin with and you know and I feel

like this is a spot that I'm not gonna

be happy right now we're about say

anywhere between a ninety to ninety-five

percent ready to sail the ship they have

the cell we should be 110 everyone's

kind of getting a little little

butterflies now cuz of the sail but

we've worked very hard over the past

couple months and this Sunday it's gonna

pay off and we did see trials on Tuesday

of the eighth I don't most part of tear

to my eye it is to see a 200 year old

ship still want to go and go and just

wanted to let loose from the tug lines

but she'll get her chance on Monday I

have no words for it I can't fathom my

feelings there's they're so built up

right now I'm just psyched and I'm ready

for the weekend it's like a jigsaw

puzzle that's fitting together and I

think we're ready for Showtime

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well it's one of rape pride in the US

Navy and in its history history of our

country is expressed by the US Navy and

to be aboard this vessel which of course

was the living proof of the bravery and

the courage of our pioneers and taking

out to sea and beyond their own borders

our ideas of liberty and independence if

it hadn't been for Old Ironsides and our

first victories at sea we wouldn't have

established that principle for a long

time to come perhaps so we're here

enjoying some living history with this

wonderful relic of our past I think you

know it'll help people appreciate

manpower a little bit more nowadays

because we're like in a technological

age right now and everything is being

roughed by computers and now this would

be a best you know the best kind of shot

to show the world that manpower still

you know today it's important that we

keep the history alive and this is live

history's reading something in a book is

one thing but seeing it happen full

dimension is another thing it's quite

exciting I think this is probably my 15

minutes of fame and

you know if I had to choose between a

movie star doing lesson 5 you doing this

because it mean a lot more than we know

movie but being able to be a part of

history

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