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.