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CONSTELLATION, USS (Frigate)

Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland
County of Baltimore (City).
Pier 1, Pratt Street
National Register Number: 66000918
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Defense - naval facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2002.
Congressional District: MD-7 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Museum ship; http://www.maritime.org/hnsa-constel.htm and www.constellation.org.
Web Site: www.constellation.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 23, 1963):
Launched in 1854 at the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, the USS CONSTELLATION is among the longest commissioned vessels in the U.S. Navy. It is also the largest as well as the last all-sail warship built by the Navy. Between 1859 and 1861, the CONSTELLATION interdicted slave traders off the coast of Africa, and later during the American Civil War served with Admiral Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She was used as a training ship for Naval Academy midshipmen from 1873 to 1897, and during World War II was a relief flagship for the Atlantic Fleet and a flagship of Battleship group 5. CONSTELLATION was decommissioned in 1955 and donated to the City of Baltimore for use as a museum ship.

Condition:
The ship underwent a massive $9-million restoration and is now open to the public in Baltimore's inner harbor. Interior work is ongoing.

Applied for 2003 SAT grant to repair Spar Deck and install ventilation system.


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