USS Constitution

The USS Constitution was one of six frigates commissioned for the brand new United States Navy, just after the end of the American Revolution.  It was launched in 1797 and named by President George Washington after, of course, the U.S. Constitution.  The frigate got its nickname “Old Ironsides” during a battle with the British frigate HMS Guerriere, in which cannonballs bounced off the ship’s white oak and live oak sides, which were sheathed in copper.  52

This is a miniature watercolor painted on postcard sized watercolor paper.

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16 thoughts on “USS Constitution

  1. Love it. Gram-cracker really loves it

    On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 3:17 PM, The Sketch Book wrote:

    > Harrison Monahan posted: “The USS Constitution was one of six frigates > commissioned for the brand new United States Navy, just after the end of > the American Revolution. It was launched in 1797 and named by President > George Washington after, of course, the U.S. Constitution. The ” >

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  2. What a lovely little painting! I know it is rocking through the waves but due to you mentioning the copper – which I think must have added some weight to this ship – I am sort of imagining that it is struggling to keep afloat 😉

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  3. I loved the story of this ship, (despite being British). We went over it many years ago in Boston, where it presumably still is. I remember being told the hull was fitted with copper plates to stop the barnacles forming, and so increase the speed of the vessel. Hence the expression “copper-bottomed”. Thanks for the painting, which brings it all back

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    1. History is always interesting! I believe the copper plates were made by Paul Revere. I didn’t know they were made to avoid barnacles. Quite interesting. I learn something new every day! Thanks for the comment!

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