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The USS Constitution is indeed an impressive sight.....She sounds her canon twice a day, and I can't imagine Boston harbor without her...
Should any of you visit her, pay heed and be sure to keep your head low when aboard- you'll be astounded at how low the overhead can be..I banged my head on every visit...
 
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Was there a point when the Constitution, the President and the Constellation were in the same harbor- or fought in the same exchange at the same time? It would have been quite a sight to see these 3 sisters together...

Were they all of equal size? I was under the impression the Constitution was the largest of thge three....
 

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I saw an interesting photo in the book "Battleship Country" showing Constitution at LA Harbor, I believe the year was 1935 or there about.
She was taken, under tow on a goodwill tour- I can remember my dad saying he went aboard her then.
I did a search to see if anyone actually knew what happened to get the captain relieved two months before rotating out, just speculation.
I read several articles, and from the background, it only said he served as an engineering officer but I did not see whether he had commanded any ships.
 
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Those wondering why the skipper of the Constitution got sacked may find this story from the Navy Times of interest:

Ex-Constitution skipper faces assault hearing
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BOSTON – The former commander of the frigate Constitution, who was relieved of duty after allegedly assaulting an officer then forcing him to lie, faces a naval hearing Thursday and could go to prison if convicted of all charges.

Thomas Graves, 43, of Marblehead, goes before the military equivalent of a grand jury to face charges of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, forcing someone to falsify a record and making a false statement.
For the rest, go to http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/09/ap_constitution_070906/
 
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>>Hell of a way to end a career<<

A fairly stupid way to end a career if the man is in fact guilty as charged. While I'm going to reserve judgement on that, I'd have to point out that if the military goes ahead with a court-martial, it's because they have extremely good evidence that the accused is guilty as charged.
 

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>>A fairly stupid way to end a career<<
Pretty much my sentiments too, nothing like doing something bad, then attempting to cover it up by doing something ten times worse-if the story is proved true.
 
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The latest is at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/09/navy_constitution_update_070907w/

Apparently, the Cdr. Graves has put in his papers for retirement. While it's not inconceivable that it could go ahead, if the case goes to court martial and he's convicted, he can kiss it good bye. If you believe the defence attorney, they can make a pretty good case for themselves, but we really haven't heard the prosecution's side.
 
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From The Navy Times:

No court-martial for fired Constitution CO
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A Navy commander accused of striking a sailor and then forcing his crew to deny the incident will not be going to court-martial. Instead, the matter was resolved through an “administrative proceeding,” Navy Region Mid Atlantic spokesman Mike Giannetti said.

Cmdr. Thomas Graves was accused of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, forcing someone to falsify a record, and making a false statement.
Story at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/10/navy_graves_constitution_071026w/

Comment: What this means is that he'll be able to retire instead of going to prison. It's just as well since even if he hadn't put in his papers, his career would still be toast.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Hundreds Join Old Ironsides' Return to Sea for 212th Birthday
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ABOARD USS CONSTITUTION, Mass. (NNS) -- The oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, USS Constitution, performed an underway demonstration for the first time in more than a decade to celebrate the anniversary date of its launch, Oct. 21, 1797.

The last time 'Old Ironsides' spent a birthday at sea was in 1997, in celebration of its bicentennial. This year, more than 300 people were aboard for the events; they included USS Constitution's crew, and members of the Naval History and Heritage Command, Boston's National Park Service and the USS Constitution Museum.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=49131
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

PBS History Detectives Embark USS Constitution
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) began film production aboard USS Constitution March 10, as part of an episode they're producing for the television series "History Detectives."

This episode will examine whether or not a wooden piece resembling a mouth and chin was part of a sculpture of Andrew Jackson's head. The figurehead was once affixed to Constitution's bow.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=51929
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Students Learn about USS Constitution during Spokane Navy Week
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SPOKANE, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Constitution Sailors taught more than 200 students about their ship's history at Reardan Middle School in Reardan, Wash., May 10.

Command Master Chief (SW/SS/AW) David Twiford, Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Jason Keith, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SW) Dana Loney, Airman Trina Pardo and Seaman Mark Gonzales gave their presentation as part of Spokane Navy Week, May 10-15.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=53336
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

USS Constitution Sailors Train on board Friendship of Salem
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SALEM, Mass. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution received sail training aboard the Friendship of Salem May 24.

Friendship is a reconstruction of a 171-foot long, three-masted Salem East Indiaman built in 1797, a square-rigged ship similar to Constitution. Sailors are training to become proficient in the skills necessary to sail Constitution.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=53678
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

USS Constitution Underway to Honor Battle of Midway, Wounded Warriors
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Constitution hosted approximately 150 members from the Wounded Warrior Project during an underway Battle of Midway commemoration, June 4.

The ship honored Wounded Warriors–service members injured during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and the Navy's victory at Midway Island in World War II.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=53860
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

USS Constitution Sailors March in Bunker Hill Day Parade
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution Sailors marched in the Bunker Hill Day parade in Charlestown June 13.

The parade honors the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, which was one of the first major engagements of the Revolutionary War.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54082
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

USS Constitution Participates in Boston Navy Week
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution kicked off their participation in Boston Navy Week June 30-July 5.

Sailors will participate in community relations projects and other public activities and events that highlight "Old Ironsides'" history and mission today.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54410
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

USS Constitution Hosts Sunset Parade
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Constitution hosted their annual Sunset Parade in the Charlestown Navy Yard, July 2.

The parade, which comes as part of Boston Navy Week June 30-July 5, celebrated the connection between Constitution's representation of naval heritage and New England's patriotic heritage.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54487
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

USS Constitution Underway to Celebrate Independence Day
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BOSTON (NNS) -- USS Constitution and her crew got underway July 4 to celebrate the nation's independence from Great Britain.

The event comes as part of Boston Navy Week, June 30-July 5, and is the last major event in which Constitution's Sailors will participate.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54489
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

'Old Ironsides' Sailors Sail Friendship of Salem
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SALEM, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution Sailors completed their final evolution of sail training aboard the Friendship of Salem July 12-14.

The Friendship of Salem is a reconstruction of a 171-foot, three-masted, square-rigged ship similar to Constitution.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=54703
 

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