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Updated: 07/04/2014 08:00:01AM

Serving aboard ‘Old Ironsides’

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY NAVY SPECIALIST PETER D. MELKUS
The USS Constitution sets sail in Boston Harbor to commemorate the 201st anniversary of the Constitution's battle with HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY NAVY SPECIALIST PETER MELKUS
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Adam Way, a native of Port Charlotte, is part of a hand-picked Navy crew serving on the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution. The 218-year-old Boston-based ship named by President George Washington to honor the Constitution of the United States of America. Famously known as "Old Ironsides," the Constitution is a wooden-hulled three-masted heavy frigate that originally launched in 1797 as one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Armament Act of 1794.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY NAVY SPECIALIST PETER D. MELKUS
The USS Constitution sets sail in Boston Harbor to commemorate the 201st anniversary of the Constitution's battle with HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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After the sea battle between the USS Constitution and the British warship the HMS Guerriere on Aug. 19, 1812, a sailor from the crew of the Constitution was lowered over the side to assess the battle damage.

When he saw several of Guerriere’s cannonballs lodged into the side of the ship, he yelled up to Commodore Isaac Hull, “Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!” Peering down, Hull replied, “Ironsides, aye!”

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