• Short Summary

    This coverage is of the re-opening ceremonies for the US CONSTITUTION, also known as "Old Ironsides," following a two year overhaul.

    "Old Ironsides" was re-opened for visitors by Secretary of the Navy J.

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    This coverage is of the re-opening ceremonies for the US CONSTITUTION, also known as "Old Ironsides," following a two year overhaul.

    "Old Ironsides" was re-opened for visitors by Secretary of the Navy J.William Middendorf II during ceremonies at the former Boston Navy Yard on March 14, 1975. The ship was originally launched October 21, 1797 from Hartt's Shipyard in Boston. It is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. "Old Ironsides" fought over 40 engagement without a loss and without suffering serious damage.

    Following two years of restrictive visiting for safety reasons during the overhaul of the ship, an official ceremony once again allowed tours of the USS CONSTITUTION. Several historical units from the surrounding area and a contingent of the Navy Band were present at this pre-Bicentennial celebration. Participants in the ceremony were dressed in uniforms of the early 1800's.

    Secretary Middendorf was the principal speaker. Rear Admiral Roy D. Snyder, Jr., Commandant of the First Naval District, assisted Secretary Middendorf in the ceremony.

    "Old Ironsides" was placed in drydock in April 1973 to begin an extensive overhaul, her first since the 1930's. The overhaul is not scheduled to be completed until next year. However, the majority of the remaining work will not interfere with on-board tours. The thousands of daily visitors will now have the added interest of seeing shipbuilding artisans plying their craft.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA48ODT54UBPAFLMEW5N5CVYONI
    Media URN:
    VLVA48ODT54UBPAFLMEW5N5CVYONI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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