On August 19, 2012 a historic event occurred that was in itself a commemoration of a historic event. The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel in the US Navy, set sail in Boston harbor under her own power. The 215-year-old ship is now a floating museum stationed in Charlestown Massachusetts, across the harbor from Boston. This was the first time that she had left the pier under her own power since 1997.
She sailed only 1,110 yards to mark the 200th anniversary of her victory over the British ship, HMS Guerriere. That close range, violent battle on August 19, 1812 earned the USS Constitution the nick name "Old Ironsides."