USS Constitution

Events

Under construction at Edmund Hartt's Shipyard, Boston

1794 - 1797

The Naval Armament Act authorizes the construction of six frigates

March 27 1794

USS Constitution launched

October 21 1797

Quasi-War with France; West India Squadron flagship, 1799–1801

1798 - 1801

Barbary War, Mediterranean Squadron flagship

1803 - 1805

Mediterranean Squadron flagship

1805 - 1807

Northern Squadron, Captain Isaac Hull in command

June 1810 - June 1811

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

Defeats HMS Guerriere

August 19 1812

Defeats HMS Java

December 29 1812

Defeats HMS Cyane & HMS Levant

February 20 1815

Mediterranean Squadron flagship

1821 - 1824

Undergoes significant refit, Boston

1832 - 1835

Voyage to France with Minister to France Edward Livingston

March 1835 - June 1835

Around the World Cruise – sailed 52,370.5 miles

May 1844 - September 1846

Pope Pius IX visits ship at Gaeta, Italy

August 1 1849

African Squadron flagship

March 1853 - June 1855

Training ship, Philadelphia, PA

1877

Transports U.S. exhibits to Paris Exposition

1878 - 1879

Sails for the first time in 116 years

July 21 1997