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USS Constitution "Old Ironsides"
This is one of the most popular sailing ship models made by
Detail is superb and will give you the looks of a wooden kit without
the cost necessary to build a finely detailed ship.
R100 - 36" long.
Little Known Naval History
Constitution (Old Ironsides) as a combat vessel carried 48,600 gallons of fresh
for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained
operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (fresh water distillers). However,
let it be noted that according to her log, "On July 27, 1798, the USS Constitution sailed
from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water,
7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."
Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping." Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took
on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum. Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there
12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.
On 18 November, she set sail for England. In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war
and captured and scuttled 12 English merchantmen, salvaging only the rum aboard each.
By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, and though unarmed,
she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. Her landing party captured a whiskey
distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.
The USS Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder,
NO rum, NO wine, NO whiskey and 38,600 gallons of stagnant water.
Now that was a cruise!!! GO NAVY!