USS Constitution Earns Much-Needed American Victory at Sea
On August 19, 1812, the USS Constitution dueled with the British HMS Guerriere and reigned victorious.
Made from sturdy oak trees, the Constitution first launched in U.S. waters in 1797. Not yet 20 years old when the War of 1812 began, the tiny U.S. Navy was clearly inferior to the mighty Royal Navy. Once the conflict began, its ships were ordered out to sea so the British couldn’t block them into port. Continue reading