Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution

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Friday, September 18, 2009

On August 19, 1812, the USS Constitution was engaged in a battle with the British ship HMS Guerriere.  It is reported that sometime during the battle, someone witnessed a British shot that bounced off the side of the Constitution and exclaimed "Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!" The Americans emerged from the battle victorious, and since then the ship has been popularly referred to as Old Ironsides.

This was the last day of our Elderhostel.  The week had flown by! The tour for the morning was the USS Constitution, berthed in the Charlestown Navy Yard not far from our hotel.  It was disappointing that the ship was being renovated at the time. Petty Officer Cruz, a very attractive young lady, was our guide aboard the Constitution and shared a wealth of knowledge and great enthusiasm for Old Ironsides.

The USS Constitution Museum was nearby. John, the former Navy officer, wanted to go and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. There was a whole floor dedicated to a sailor's life in the 1800's with many interactive exhibits for kids. John and I thought 4th and 5th graders (the grades we taught) would love it!

Later we took off with new acquaintances, Art and Nancy, to catch the Orange Line to the Sam Adams Brewery.  The tour of the brewery was made very enjoyable by our young guide, Jessie, a cute and vivacious young lady who seemed to really love her job! At the end of the tour we got to sample 3 beers---Boston Lager, Oktoberfest, and Boston Red. We even got to keep the glass! We had a fun time!

Time for lunch and Durgin Park, a restaurant in the Fanueil Hall Marketplace, was the chosen spot. The menu boasts "Established Before You Were Born" and "Where your great grandfather dined a century ago!" I had "Thanksgiving on a Roll"---a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich. Interesting--- probably wouldn't order it again.

After a few hours to veg back at the hotel, we walked up to Charlestown with Art and Nancy to eat at the Warren Tavern, "Visited by our beloved patriots, George Washington and Paul Revere," as stated in their advertising. (Remember we tried to have lunch there another day and a movie was being filmed?) It was a cool place but very noisy with the Friday night crowd. John and I had burgers---way too big---ended up bringing back half of each. Should have shared one!

All in all it was a very nice day! And beautiful weather! No more planned tour---we are on our own now.
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