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|Brief Description:||Launched in 1854 from the Chesapeake Bay's Gosport Navy Yard at Portsmouth, Virginia, USS Constellation served her country for 100 years before her final decommissioning in 1955. Prior to the Civil War she sailed as flagship of the US African Squadron intercepting slave ships. During the Civil War she was charged with chasing confederate raiders, and she was a training ship for midshipmen at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis from 1871 to 1893. The ship was brought to Baltimore in 1955 for restoration. Today, the USS Constellation offers a wide range of activities and demonstrations which provide visitors with a first-hand experience of what life was like on a 19th century man-of-war.|
|Location / Directions:||From the North: Take I-95 South through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel to 395 North. From 395 follow directions to Inner Harbor. Constellation is located on Pier 1 between the Light Street and the Pratt Street Pavilions.
From the South: Take I-95 North to 395 North. From 395 follow directions to Inner Harbor. Constellation is located on Pier 1 between the Light Street and the Pratt Street Pavilions.
|Address:||USS Constellation Museum
Pier 1, Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
|Activities:||Several different tours are available, including a "powder monkey tour" where children (10 and older) can learn about the lives of young boys who served on the ship during the Civil War.
|Operating Hours:||The ships of Historic Ships in Baltimore are open daily during the following hours with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day:
March - October 10 am - 5:30 pm
November - February 10 am - 4:30 pm
Extended hours may be available in June, July, and August.
|Fees:||The USS Constellation Historic Ships Museum operates the following historic sites:
Sloop-of-War USS Constellation
Submarine USS Torsk
USCG Cutter Taney
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Visitors may choose to visit any one ship, any two ships, or all four ships.
Admission to the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is free to all visitors.
Group rates available for 10 or more.
|Visitor Facilities:||A museum sits on the pier beside the ship.|