(via War History Online) “Old Ironsides”, the USS Constitution, has been through it all and lived to tell about it – as her nickname suggests. Built of a study oak, pine, and hardware forged by Paul Revere himself, she was built to withstand and hold back enemy ships that, by her careful design, would be inferior to her. She is now the second oldest military ship in the world still in active service, only the HMS Victory is older.
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