|The celebration of George Washington's birthday aboard the USS Constitution in Malta harbor. Oil on canvas by |
James G. Evans. Courtesy U.S. Naval Academy.
A 28-minute history of the USS Constitution:
Over the years I have toured the USS Bowfin, a WW II submarine docked in Oahu, Hawaii and, of course, the USS Arizona Memorial there as well as the famous WWII aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (replacement of the ship of the same name sunk at the battle of Midway) at Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum near Charleston, South Carolina. When the USS Missouri stopped in Oregon for repairs just before it was retired and moved to a permanent dock in Hawaii, my husband and I had the privilege to board it. I have also toured and photographed the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and The Lady Washington that travel up and down the west coast from their home port in Grays Harbor, Washington.
|A crew member of the tall ship|
Lady Washington adjusts a winch
Photo by Mary Harrsch © 2011
|The sloop-of-war USS Constellation docked in Baltimore Harbor.|
Photographed by Mary Harrsch © 2004
Now, those of you visiting the Boston area from May 15 to May 29, will have the unique opportunity to see the USS Constitution transported to dry dock for a 3-year restoration.
Here's a schedule of events:
Timeline of Events Associated with Dry Docking Friday, May 15, 2015 (All times are subject to change) 8:30 a.m. Cassin Young (WW II destroyer) underway by tugboat to basin area 9:30 a.m. USS Constitution underway by tugboat from Pier 1 West to Pier 1 East 10:30 a.m. USS Constitution moored at Pier 1 East 11:00 a.m. Cassin Young back to Pier 1 West Sunday, May 17, 2015 (All times are subject to change) 7:30 a.m. Dry dock ready for flooding 8:00 a.m. Flood dry dock 11:30 a.m. Remove caisson (door) and tie up behind USS Constitution 1:30-2:00 p.m. Run lines from ship to shore to prepare for the movement of the ship 2:30 p.m. Install temporary lighting and ensure the ship is trim and ready Monday, May 18, 2015 (All times are subject to change) 7:00 p.m. Divers from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard ensure all is ready for the transit 8:00 p.m. Remove brow (platform to enter or leave the ship); remove shore electrical power 8:20 p.m. Tugboat comes along side USS Constitution 9:20 p.m. Tugboat positions USS Constitution in front of the dry dock 10:20 p.m. USS Constitution guided into the dry dock by three capstans (winches) and line handlers on either side of the dry dock 11:20 p.m. USS Constitution in position in the dry dock Midnight Caisson (door) reinstalled and dewatering begins Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (All times are subject to change) Midnight to 0:45 a.m. Divers standing by front and back to ensure the ship settles on the keel blocks properly 0:45 a.m. Divers verify ship’s position 1:00 a.m. Ship rests on the keel blocks at the bottom of the dry dock 1:10 a.m. Divers confirm keel contact, begin installing sliding side blocks to brace the ship 1:40 a.m. Install addition wood braces to the sides of the ship 2:00 a.m. Divers confirm side blocks are fitted properly to the ship 2:10 a.m. Install gangway 2:15 a.m. Install shore electrical power
I would encourage any of you visiting the Boston area during this time to attend!