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The USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard’s Dry Dock 1 for inspection and restoration. While Constitution is also well-known by the moniker “Old Ironsides,” her hull is actually oak sheathed in overlapping copper plates to reduce rot and animal colonization. As in her last major restoration in the early 1990s, Constitution will be fitted with a brand new copper sheathing.

An interesting note about the actual dry dock: built in 1827, Dry Dock 1 is one of the nation’s first two dry docks, and is on its own a site of historical significance. So in short, if you like historical ships in historical sites in historical cities, come visit Charlestown Navy Yard.