USS Constitution "Old Ironsides," Charlestown Navy Yard, Bunker Hill, Old North Church, & Boston Tea Party Cruise
Hop aboard a luxurious ship and prepare for a narrated sightseeing cruise to the Charlestown Navy Yard, where you’ll enjoy a 45-minute cruise and the opportunity to explore the historic USS Constitution!
Once you arrive, you have the option of disembarking to explore the attractions and vessels at the Navy Yard, which was originally established in 1801. This 30-acre naval yard was closed in 1974, when it was transferred to the National Park Service to be part of the Boston National Historical Park. Enough of the yard remains in operation to support the USS Constitution, which resides on the property as a museum ship. The naval yard now seeks “to interpret the art and history of naval shipbuilding,” and the facilities host many attractions aside from the USS Constitution and its museum.
While at the Charlestown Navy Yard, enjoy a tour of the oldest and most famous warship, the USS Constitution, which is still commissioned as a warship and manned by active soldiers. This wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate was named by President George Washington after the Constitution and was launched in 1797 as one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third of those constructed. As these initial ships were to be our nation’s young Navy’s capital ships, the Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. Most famous for her actions during the War of 1812, the Constitution captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships, and the battle with HMS Guerriere earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides” and public adoration! In 1907, the Constitution was designated a museum ship!
Other highlights of the tour include the Bunker Hill Monument, which was one of the first monuments in the United States and was erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major conflict in the Revolutionary War in 1775! Also, see the site of the Boston Tea Party, the political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston on December 16, 1773. Over the course of three hours, a number of men boarded the three British vessels and dumped all 342 chests of tea in the Boston Harbor near Griffin’s Wharf! The Old North Church is also visible from the ship, remembered as the location from which the famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” signal is said to have been sent, beginning the midnight ride of Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775 preceding the battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution.
When you are ready to return to Boston, just hop back on the next cruise to make your way back! While on your cruise, please consider bringing camera and film, comfortable shoes/sneakers, a sweater or jacket, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on the ship.