Saturday, July 7, 2012

U.S.S. Constitution's Big Day

Here are two photos of the Constitution on July 4th. This year's annual turn around was extra special, because it comemorated the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

The Constitution earned its nickname of "Old Ironsides" during its many battles in the War of 1812. The British were dismayed by the extra thick oak planking that simply repelled their canon balls. At worst some of the canon balls were lodged into the wood. This was quite a benefit to the American sailors who were saved from the deadly splinters that would usually result when a canon ball came shattering through the sides of a ship.

The first image shows the Constitution firing a canon to salute the U.S.S. Eagle and Fort Inependence. Catching flames coming from a canon is one of my favorite types of images. It takes a lot of practice and patience. On this 21 gun salute, I finally got the timing correct on the 21st canon shot. The second image shows the Constitution headed back towards its berth in the Charlestown Navy Yard. It is accompanied by the Eagle and the Blue Angels. (Full Disclosure- I moved the Blue Angels slightly to the right to make a more appealing composition.)

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