Model Shipways USS Constitution US Frigate 1797 - Old Ironside MS2040
Product Code: TAS083513
Brief History - Launched on 21 October 1797, the USS Constitution has won every battle she's ever fought - over 40 of them. She earned her nickname "Old Ironsides" after a sailor saw a cannonball bounce off her hull. Resting in Boston Harbor she is the oldest commissioned US warship.
USS Constitution went through several restorations between 1833 and 1976. Between 1993 - 1997, a major restoration, based on US Navy drawings developed in 1927-31, prepared the frigate for her 200th Anniversary. Workers restored the thick deck strakes and diagonal riders to strengthen the hull and make her seaworthy. They fitted fore, main and mizzen topsails, jib, flying jib and spanker sails for the day when Old Ironsides would move under her own power once more. That historic moment arrived on 21 July 1997, when USS Constitution set sail from Marblehead Harbor to a point just one mile short of Halfway Rock. The five mile cruise took one hour.
Design based on the 1927 Navy drawings, photographs and documentation used during the 1927-31 restoration.
Authentic plank-on-bulkhead construction.
High quality basswood planking strips
Self-adhesive copper tape for hull plating
True-to-scale Britannia metal, brass and hardwood fittings
Sixteen photo-etched brass sheets for life-like details
Over 50 cannon, carronade and gun barrels
Four-hundred yards of rigging line in six diameters
Eight sheets of detailed plans and 48 page step-by-step instruction manual
Length: 48" (1220mm)
Hull width: 16" (406mm)
Height: 32" (813mm)
Scale: 5/32 (1 foot)