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Re: US Frigate Constitution under sail once again

Postby Mark » September 11th, 2014, 8:15 pm

FBC-Elvas, Portugal wrote:'Old Ironsides' Gets Last Sail Before 3-Year Rehab
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014 ... rehab.html

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Incredible! I wish I was lucky enough to see her move under sail, what a fantastic sight that must be. Hopefully the repairs will go well, but does anyone know what is exactly meant by '...the Navy plans to remove some additions made in the last couple of centuries.'?

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Re: US Frigate Constitution under sail once again

Postby jeffzcubfan » September 12th, 2014, 1:52 pm

Mark,

I am actually building a 1/96 model of the ship at the moment. The ship continued on in active service for quite a few years including, interdicting slave trade off of Africa. It was part of the U.S.'s mediterranean fleet for a while, and it circumnavigated the world scouting coaling stations in the southest Pacific for the dawn of the steam powered fleet.
At one point it even had a barracks built on its main deck to process naval personnel in the early 20th century. All this service led to modifications and "improvements" as its service continued. Since the 1950s each restauration has brought the ship back in line with its 1812 incarnation. At one point, the keel cross bracing had been removed which had weakened the hull, this was replaced.

There are actually quite a few youtube videos on the ship and its changed, plus this site:

http://history.navy.mil/ussconstitution

This has all kinds of information, including links to logs, diaries, ship's data, etc.

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Re: US Frigate Constitution under sail once again

Postby researchingreg » March 10th, 2015, 11:56 am

Chasing the USS Constitution:
200 years ago one of my family John Race Godfrey was a midshipman at the time serving on the 40 gun frigate HMS Acasta under Captain Robert Kerr.
HMS Leander, under Sir George Collier, had been watching the USS Constitution, then in harbour at Boston. Collier had to interrupt his surveillance in order to take the 50 gun HMS Leander to Halifax to re-supply. He left HMS Acasta and HMS Newcastle off the port. While Collier in HMS Leander was away, USS Constitution and two other heavy frigates left Boston. Collier prepared to pursue, but had orders to send HMS Acasta into Halifax for a refit. Captain Kerr the Captain of HMS Acasta pleaded to be allowed to join the chase. Collier relented and allowed HMS Acasta to remain. The British Squadron eventually sighted USS Constitution in heavy weather off Porto Brayo on 11 March 1815. She was proceeding with two prizes, the ships Levant and Cyane. Due to the weather and some confusion USS Constitution eluded the British.

However fire from HMS Leander led Levant's crew to run her ashore, where HMS Acasta then captured her (John Godfrey is particularly mentioned for assisting in her capture along with taking other ships). Collier eventually left HMS Acasta and HMS Newcastle windward of Barbados while he searched for USS Constitution. However she had returned to port, avoiding engagement.
That same months HMS Acasta recaptured HMS St lawrence which had previously been taken by the American ship Chassuer.

After these actions John Godfrey was promoted to Lieutenant on 15 March 1815.
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Re: US Frigate Constitution under sail once again

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » March 10th, 2015, 9:28 pm

Interesting. You might want to link this post to your thread on John Race Godfrey viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2617&start=10

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Re: US Frigate Constitution under sail once again

Postby researchingreg » March 11th, 2015, 1:19 pm

FBC-Elvas, Portugal wrote:Interesting. You might want to link this post to your thread on John Race Godfrey viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2617&start=10

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The John Race Gpdfrey in this post (re USS Constitution) is the son of the John Race Godfrey in the 11th Hussars therefore a different man, however I have posted about him before in the Navies part of the forum.
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Re: US Frigate Constitution under sail once again

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » March 11th, 2015, 2:24 pm

Yes, you mentioned this in your 11th Regiment thread. Just a thought to help the genealogists in your family.

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