'Old Ironsides' Embarks on Virtual Tour

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January 25, 2015

The U.S.S. Constitution, known more famously as "Old Ironsides," is now on Street View, in panoramic fashion.

Google Maps has made available a 360-degree virtual tour of the famed ship, which will be moved to dry dock in March 2015 for a major restoration that will keep it closed to the public for three years. The restoration will replace the ship's famed copper siding, along with areas of the hull, stern, and interior.

The virtual tour showcases the restored ship in its native environment, in the former Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. Photos, taken in September 2014, show areas from above and below deck.

"Old Ironsides," launched in 1797, got its nickname after it seemed to be unsinkable, defeating five British warships and captured many other merchant ships during the War of 1812.

The ship was retired from active service in 1881 but has remained afloat ever since.

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