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American Artifacts: USS Constellation, Part II

Baltimore, Maryland
Sunday, September 8, 2013

In part two of our program on the sloop-of-war Constellation in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we tour the berth deck, the orlop deck, and the ship’s hold. We see where the crew ate and slept, the sick bay, the officers’ quarters, and where sailors would have spent time if they were sent to “the brig.” Built in 1854, USS Constellation is the last all-sail warship built by the U.S. Navy, and the only Civil War-era ship still afloat. Chris Rowsom, executive director of Historic Ships in Baltimore, is our guide.

Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10:22am (ET)

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