The original USS Constellation was a 164ft fighting frigate, built at Fells Point, Baltimore, in 1795 and a great asset to the US Navy after seeing active service in Caribbean waters against the French and being the first US naval command to win a ‘ship verses ship’ encounter, when in 1799 Captain Thomas Truxtun took the French frigate ‘Insurgente’ off Nevis in the West Indies. The original Constellation was later broken up in Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth Virginia in 1853, and a new larger Constellation was constructed at 186 feet LOA that was commissioned in 1855 and was destined to be the United States last ‘all sail’ fighting ship. After 100 yrs of active service, Constellation came back to rest her namesake in Baltimore after being decommissioned in 1955. She now lies there at pier 1, just off East Pratt Street and is open to the public as a significant lineage of US Naval history.
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