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Welcome aboard!

Prepare to set sail on a seafaring adventure! Live the life of a young sailor aboard USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," during the War of 1812. Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns. Tell tall tales and perhaps sneak a game of dice during your leisure time. If you do well, you'll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew.

Explore the ship and learn about the daily lives of the 450 sailors who lived and worked in these crowded spaces. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words. Vivid, detailed drawings and playful text by world-renowned artist Stephen Biesty and writer Richard Platt let you explore all of USS Constitution's nooks, from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast—and everywhere in between.

Drawing on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum, this is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!

USS Constitution Museum

Only yards away from "Old Ironsides," the Museum is a "must see" for everyone visiting Boston, where interactive galleries take adults, families and children of all ages on a 200-year voyage.
  • Learn how a wooden hull helped earn the nickname "Old Ironsides."
  • Discover how "Old Ironsides" has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797.
  • Find out how school children contributed pennies to help save "Old Ironsides."
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.

Visit the USS Constitution Museum website!