In less than one month, USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy, will be heading back to the water after two years in dry dock as part of a multi-year restoration at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA. Throughout the restoration process, the USS Constitution Museum has been working with the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston to document the progress made by the Detachment ship restorers.
Our restoration blog, “Restoring an Icon,” is a bi-weekly online blog that features behind-the-scenes looks, insights, photos, and videos about the current restoration and past rebuilds. The blog can be found at: https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/restoration/blog/. We also have a camera, ConstitutionCam, which has been documenting the restoration from a window overlooking Dry Dock 1. It takes a photo every 20 minutes which can then be turned into time-lapse videos of the progress. The photos are updated on our website at: https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/restoration/constitution-cam/.
On July 23, the Museum will be open all night with family-friendly activities in celebration of Constitution’s return to the water where the remainder of the restoration will take place.
We have set up a Facebook event page for the undocking event: http://ow.ly/qNwR30d8uyn. During the night of the undocking, we will be producing a Facebook Live video that will be posted and shared on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/USSConstitutionMuseum. The Facebook Live viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions about the restoration process and the events of that night.