Nestled snuggly on Pier One at the Charlestown Navy Yard (Charlestown Navy Yard Building 22 Boston MA), the USS Constitution surely has seen worse days during its lifetime. History holds that the 44-gun warship was built in Boston and launched on October 21, 1797, in response to the threat of Barbary corsairs against American merchants off northern coast of Africa. Prior to being involved in the War of 1812, she had already won the battles of the Quasi War with France and the Barbary Wars. Continuing this victorious trend, the Constitution maintains this impressive record during the War of 1812 and throughout the four decades afterward until she was taken out of active service in 1855. Today, the USS Constitution is known to be the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world and is actively maintained, crewed, and operated by the US Navy. It is open year-round to the public with guided tours offered throughout the day. It is highly recommended to join the tour since it is given by several active-duty Navy Sailors and will take you through the ship’s spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck. They will also explain the history of the ship, its crew, and why the ship is still there to this day. While you are in the vicinity, don’t forget to stop by the USS Constitution Museum, located only yards away from the ship. Complimenting the ship, this non-profit museum offers a great learning experience through its extensive galleries and interactive exhibits for both adults and children alike!