Crazy Things You Never Knew About The USS Constitution

History | 1/9/20

The USS Constitution is one of America’s most famous and oldest ships. The ship is also known as Old Ironsides. She is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, and as of right now, she is still the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat.

The ship is 204-feet long, has a displacement of 2,200 tons, and a firing range of 1,200 yards. These stats don’t compare to the crazy history of Old Ironsides including how it got its unique nickname and the fact that some people believe it is haunted!

For Some Reason, Birds Wouldn’t Land On The Ship

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The USS Constitution was no ordinary boat. For some reason, birds would suspiciously avoid landing on this ship. Crew member Gary Kent recalled, “There were a lot of high places for them to perch, but I never saw one land. I was very new to ships…The old-timers though, they thought it was very strange…it was very strange, definitely not normal.”

Maybe the birds could see that the ship was full of ghosts and they knew better than to get close.