Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for August 19th:
Sail Plan for the Frigate USS Constitution


Constitution. Sail plan (National Archives Identifier: 512970); Naval History Photographs (Bureau of Ships), 1883 - 1941;Records of the Bureau of Ships, 1940 - 1966; Record Group 36; National Archives and Records Administration-Northeast Region (Boston).

On August 19, 1812, the USS Constitution earned its venerable nickname "Old Ironsides" when it defeated the HMS Guerriere in a renowned engagement during the War of 1812.

More about "Old Ironsides" in Prologue...
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