Today’s photo (sorry for the smaller size, but cameras then had far fewer pixels!) was taken way back in 2001, in the harbor in Boston, MA. We were there to visit our son and his bride who had just moved there to finish up their grad school work. While there we got to see lots of historical places (Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, Bunker Hill, Concord/Lexington, the NBA Hall of Fame, etc.) If you are a lover of history, you would love visiting Boston!
One day we went down to the harbor and toured the USS Constitution. It’s docked right there in the harbor and you can pay to go on and tour the ship. This picture was taken on the gun deck (just below the main deck). I can’t imagine how noisy and smoky it must have gotten in there when they were firing off cannons left and right! You’ll notice a rope on the side of the cannons…those were there for safety reasons. They only had so much rope on them…and the intent was to stop the cannons from recoiling all the way across the gun deck and crushing sailors on the other side of the ship. The ropes would then be used to pull the cannon back up to the port where they could fire again…and the entire scenario would be repeated over and over as long as the battle lasted.
The Constitution was also nicknamed “Old Ironsides” because she was made of such hard wood that most cannon fire just bounced off of her. She earned that moniker as the result of action in the War of 1812 against the British frigate, Guerriere. The 44-gun ship was launched on October 21, 1797.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1859, Big Ben, the clock tower attached to the British Parliament, began telling time.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: elephants communicate via sound waves far below the range of the human ear to hear.