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    THE FRIGATE CONSTITUTION, A GOUACHE PAINTING BY SAM SMITH, 1871. The U.S.S. Constitution, affectionately called "Old Ironsides" because shells seemed to bounce off its sides, was commissioned by the Naval Act of 1794 and was launched in 1797 from Boston Harbor. Made of 7" thick Georgia live oak reinforced by fittings made by Paul Revere, the ship is the oldest active naval vessel afloat. This fine gouache, almost monochromatic, but reflective, is a nice homage to the most famous ship of the United States Navy. In pen on painting U. S. Frigate Constitution 44 guns launched at Boston Sep 20 1797, H. S. Navy Yard Philadelphia Sept 30th 1871. Nicely matted and framed.

    Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum.

    Excellent condition.

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