Many Americans would likely be surprised to learn that the US has a ship built in 1797 that is still in active service. The USS Constitution, known as “Old Ironsides”, was launched in 1797 and fought in numerous battles and wars including the First Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Here is a previous post I wrote about the Barbary Wars.
August 19th, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of one the battle that gave the ship her nickname. In 1812 the Constitution waged a fierce battle with the HMS Guerriere in which the Constitution was victorious and the the HMS Guerriere, too badly damaged to bring into port, was burned at sea.