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    USS Constitution Broadside. One sheet, 9.75" x 12.5", Portsmouth; February 17, 1813. Printed from the Gazette Office with the headline "4th Naval Victory!" The broadside announces the victory over the HMS Java and reads in part: "On the 29th Dec...about 10 leagues from the coast of Brazil, the Constitution fell in with and captured, after an action of one hour and 55 minutes, the British Frigate JAVA, rating 38, mounting 49 guns, and manned with upwards of 400 men - The Java was made a complete wreck, having her bowsprit and every mast and spar shot out of her - 60 men killed, and 170 wounded - Capt Lambert, her commander, mortally wounded, since dead...The Constitution was considerably cut in spars, rigging and sails, but not so much injured, but what she could have commenced another action immediately - had but 9 men killed, 25 wounded - Lt Alwyn mortally, since dead - and but three shots in her hull..." Mounted and framed to the overall size of 14.5" x 17.25".

    The 44-gun USS Constitution, was built in a shipyard in the North End of Boston. Completed in October 1797, the Constitution was first put to sea on July 23, 1798, where she patrolled the Southeast coast of the United States during the Quasi-War with France. The Constitution is best known for her service during the War of 1812 in which her crew defeated four British frigates during three separate engagements. She earned the nickname "Old Ironsides" because cannon fire from enemy ships was not able to penetrate her strong oak hull. The victories over British frigates HMS Guerriere and HMS Java were instrumental in world recognition of the United States as a naval power. Today the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, and the ship operates as a historic site in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the National Park Service.

    Condition: Flattened folds with toning and foxing throughout. Chipping and creasing at the edges. There are a few spots of soiling throughout.


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