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Encyclopedia > USS Constellation (1854)
USS Constellation
Career United States Navy Jack
Ordered:
Laid down: 25 June 1853
Launched: 26 August 1854
Commissioned: 28 July 1855
Decommissioned: 4 February 1955
Fate: Museum ship
Struck: 15 August 1955
General Characteristics
Displacement: 1,400 tons
Length: 199 feet overall, 181 feet waterline
Beam: 43 feet extreme, 41 feet waterline
Draft: 21 feet
Propulsion: Sail
Speed:
Range:
Complement: 20 officers, 220 sailors, 45 marines
Armament: 23 guns

The USS Constellation constructed in 1854 is a sloop-of-war and the second United States Navy ship to carry this famous name. Her keel was laid on 25 June 1853, in Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, at the same time as the original 1797 frigate Constellation was being broken up. USS Constellation File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... the United States naval jack File links The following pages link to this file: USS Indianapolis (CA-35) USS Monitor USS Peleliu (LHA-5) USS Oregon (BB-3) USS Akron (ZRS-4) USS Housatonic (1861) USS Holland (SS-1) USS S-1 (SS-105) USS R-14 (SS-91) USS... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A museum ship, or sometimes memorial ship, is an old ship that has been preserved and converted into a museum open to the public. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... USS Constellation, a United States Navy sloop-of-war. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Aerial View of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, is a U.S. Navy facility in Portsmouth, Virginia, for building, remodeling, and repairing the Navys ships. ... Norfolk, Virginia, viewed from Portsmouth, across the Elizabeth River Norfolk is a city in the U.S. state of Virginia in the United States of America. ... 1797 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Frigate is a name which has been used for several distinct types of warships at different times. ... The first USS Constellation, a 38-gun frigate, was the first ship to be commissioned in the United States Navy; the first US Navy vessel to put to sea; and the first US Navy vessel to engage, defeat, and capture an enemy vessel. ...


For some time, there was controversy over whether or not the 1854 sloop was a new ship, or a rebuilt version of the 1797 frigate. Much of the controversy was created when the city of Baltimore promoted the ship and even rebuilt sections of the ship to resemble the 1797 frigate. Additionally, when the ship was to be rebuilt in the 1990s, naval historians that favored the theory that the ship was indeed the 1797 original, relied on three main points: This article is about the city in the US state of Maryland. ...

  1. Some of the funds used to build the sloop were originally allocated to rebuild the frigate
  2. Some timbers from the broken-up frigate were used in the construction of the sloop
  3. The frigate was never formally stricken from the Naval Vessel Register—a wooden, sailing man-of-war called Constellation was continuously listed from 1797 until 1955

Supporting the position that they are different ships are the facts that the sloop was designed anew from the keel up (without reference to the frigate), and was planned to have been built even if the frigate had not arrived in the yard at that moment. The paper "Fouled Anchors: The Constellation Question Answered", by Dana M. Wegner, et al., published by the Navy's David Taylor Research Center in 1991, concludes that they are different ships. The conclusive proof came during the renovation concluding in 1999 in which all evidence pointed to the construction of an entirely new sloop-of-war from the 1850s era. The Naval Vessel Register (NVR), official inventory of ships and service craft in custody or titled by the United States Navy, traces its origin back to the 1880s. ... 1797 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In any case, the sloop was launched 26 August 1854, and commissioned 28 July 1855, with Captain Charles H. Bell in command. This article needs to be wikified. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The ceremonies involved in commissioning ships into a military force are based in traditions thousands of years old. ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Rear Admiral Charles H. Bell (1798–1875) was an officer in the United States Navy who served during the War of 1812 and the First Barbary War. ...


Constellation's first assignment was interdicting the African slave trade. She captured three slave ships and released the imprisoned slaves. At the outbreak of the Civil War, she made the first Union Navy capture, overpowering the slaver brig Triton in African coastal waters. This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In sailing, a brig is a vessel with two masts at least one of which is square rigged. ...


After the war, Constellation saw various duties such as carrying famine relief stores to Ireland and exhibits to the Paris, France Exposition Universelle (1878). The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... The third Paris Worlds Fair, called an Exposition Universelle in French was held in 1878 and celebrated the recovery of France after the crushing defeat of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. ...


After being used as a practice ship for Naval Academy midshipmen, Constellation became a training ship in 1894 for the Naval Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island, where she helped train more than 60,000 recruits during World War I. Teamwork: Fourth Class Midshipmen lock arms and use ropes made from uniform items as they brace themselves climbing the Herndon Monument The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. ... 1894 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A side street in Newport, Rhode Island, showing the historic buildings near the waterfront Newport is a city located in Newport County, Rhode Island. ... WWI redirects here. ...


Decommissioned in 1933, Constellation was recommissioned as a national symbol in 1940 by President Franklin Roosevelt. Shortly after the US's entry into World War II, she became the flagship for Admiral Ernest J. King and Vice Admiral Royal Ingersoll. 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Seal of the President of the United States The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air, August 9, 1945. ... Admiral Ernest Joseph King (November 23, 1878 - June 25, 1956) was the Commander in Chief of the United States Navy during World War II. As such, he was Chester Nimitzs immediate superior but himself was subordinate to Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. ...


Constellation was again decommissioned on 4 February 1955, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 August 1955—about two weeks and one hundred years from her first commissioning. She was taken to her permanent berth—Constellation Dock, Inner Harbor at Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland—and declared a National Historic Landmark (reference number 66000918) on 23 May 1963. she is the last existing American Civil War-era naval vessel and the last sail-powered warship built by the US Navy. She has been assigned the hull classification symbol IX-20. February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Naval Vessel Register (NVR), official inventory of ships and service craft in custody or titled by the United States Navy, traces its origin back to the 1880s. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States, is a historic seaport, tourist attraction and iconic landmark of the city. ... Nickname: Charm City Location in Maryland Founded  -Incorporated 30 July 1729  1797 County Independent city Mayor Martin OMalley (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 349. ... The USS Arizona Memorial. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the United States – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ... The United States Navy uses hull classification symbols to identify the types of its ships. ...


Constellation completed a $9-million restoration project in July 1999. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


On 26 October 2004, Constellation made her first trip out of Baltimore's Inner Harbor since 1955. The trip to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, lasting 6 days, marked the ships first trip to the city in 111 years. October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States, is a historic seaport, tourist attraction and iconic landmark of the city. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Teamwork: Fourth Class Midshipmen lock arms and use ropes made from uniform items as they brace themselves climbing the Herndon Monument The United States Naval Academy, or USNA, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. ... City nickname: Americas Sailing Capital Location in the state of Maryland Founded 1649 Mayor Ellen O. Moyer (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 19. ...


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USS Constellation (1854) (855 words)
Decommissioned in 1933, Constellation was recommissioned as a national symbol in 1940 by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Constellation was again decommissioned on 4 February 1955, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 August 1955—about two weeks and one hundred years from her first commissioning.
In 1994, Constellation was condemned as an unsafe vessel.
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