- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The U.S.S. Constitution is shifting to summer hours as it enters its final summer of operation before a major restoration project that will keep it off limits to tourists for several years.

The Revolutionary War-era warship known as Old Ironsides will be open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Tuesday. Summer hours will run until Sept. 30.

The ship, docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard, is slated to enter dry dock early next year and will not be open for tours again until 2018.

The Constitution was built in 1797 and is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat.

It earned its nickname in the War of 1812 and is now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, with more than 500,000 visitors a year.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide