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USS Constitution is scheduled to host daily virtual tours using Facebook Live, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, beginning March 17.
The virtual tours will be available at www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.
The ship’s active-duty Sailors will take viewers through the ship, to include several areas normally closed to the public, and provide an opportunity to ask live questions.
On Saturday, March 14, USS Constitution suspended public tours to reduce exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Our mission is to represent and promote the U.S. Navy, USS Constitution and our nation’s rich maritime history, and through this crisis, we will use our digital presence to continue that mission,” said Cmdr. John Benda, USS Constitution’s commanding officer. “We’re committed to provide an engaging, educational experience for our supporters, as we collectively follow the restrictions in place to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.”
At this time, no Sailors assigned to USS Constitution have tested positive for COVID-19. USS Constitution is following all preventative guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of the Defense and Navy leadership.
USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.
The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution normally provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people each year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage, and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.
USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and captured 33 opponents.
The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 after British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her.
The Museum has temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus public health emergency and will reassess the situation at the end of March 2020.
To serve students and the public who are working remotely, the Museum is providing complimentary access to additional content on its digital platforms. For more information, visit www.usscm.org.