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The USS Constitution Sails Again

August 23rd, 2012

Make way for the USS Constitution, for she once again sails the seas. Commissioned for the US Navy by the Naval Act of 1794, she was launched in 1797 as one of six heavily armed frigates. The decision at the time was to make these heavy frigates the largest warships that the United States was fielding, so at the time of her launching, she was the largest warship sailing under the flag of the United States. She was named by none other than George Washington, and went on to faithfully serve many US Presidents after her.

Picture of a model of the USS ConstitutionThe USS Constitution is most known for her role in the War of 1812 where she defeated the HMS Guerriere. The battle saw the two ships directly alongside each other for much of the time, yet rough seas prevented any boarding action. Instead the USS Constitution’s guns savaged her British rival, while many of the shots from the Guerriere reportedly bounced off of the Constitution’s hull. Which caused an American sailor to shout, “Huzzah, her sides are made of iron,” and, from this, the USS Constitution became known as “Old Ironsides.”

By 1830, the USS Constitution was getting quite old, particularly for a wooden ship. The Boston Advertiser erroneously reported that the US Navy had decided to scrap her. This promoted Oliver Wendell Holmes to write and publish the poem, “Old Ironsides” which caused such an outcry amongst the American public that the Navy was forced to continue her upkeep. And so the decision was made to transform the USS Constitution from a warship, to one of public relations on behalf of the US Navy- a tradition which the Navy has maintained to this day.

Picture of a model of the USS ConstitutionThe Constitution has been repaired and refitted many times over her history, but her only real means of propulsion has remained the use of her sails. As sail has become a rather impractical method of powering a ship, there has always been the question of whether she should be towed to her destinations or whether US Navy sailors would be trained in such an outdated mode of transportation. Though she has been towed plenty of times throughout her history, there have been occasions where she used the wind to sail entirely under her own power. In 1997, she sailed under her own power to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her launching. Most recently, the Constitution sailed under her own power to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her battle with HMS Guerriere. She was sailed by a crew of 60 sailors, all active duty members of the Navy, and fired off a 21-gun salute to adoring audiences. Clearly, she is a beautiful piece of American history.

Now you can own a piece of American history, by purchasing one of Handcrafted Model Ships very own, USS Constitution model ships. Each was designed by Master Builder Richard Norris to be as close to the design of the actual ship as possible. The handcrafted model sailboats are available in 7” miniature all the way up to the really ginormous 50” monstrosity. Each serves as a beautiful reminder of American naval power and ingenuity.

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Handcrafted Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

May 31st, 2012

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day, because June 17th is just around the corner. Here are some great gift ideas for yours that he’ll treasure for years to come.

Model of USS Constitution Since a lot of dads are military history buffs, why not get them a handcrafted model of a famous ship from the Age of Sail? Something like the USS Constitution – the famed American warship from the Revolutionary War that’s still with us today. Of course, if your father’s focus is more Civil War era, how about a model of either the Monitor or the Merrimack – also known as the USS Virginia? Handcrafted model ships are a great way to add a touch of class and decor to any setting – be it office or home. Furthermore, it will be a great conversation piece, inevitably bringing mention of you when the proud papa says, “My kid got me this!”

Is your father a fisherman? Then his thoughts are probably never far from his rod and reel. Why not get him a model fishing boat to rekindle the nostalgia of his last fishing trip while eagerly awaiting the next? As for dads whose imaginations have been captured by boating in general, Hand Crafted Model Ships has categories for speedboats and sailboats and even yachts. These hobbies can be rather expensive, with their cost often limiting the amount of time your father can truly enjoy them. By giving him a handcrafted model boat relevant to his favorite pastime, you’re providing an everyday escape, so he can revisit his beloved activity until the next actual excursion.

While we’re on the topic of handcrafted model ships, you might also consider the incredible RMS Titanic – which will always be a classic. As the centennial of its ill-fated maiden voyage just passed 12 April 2012, it’s on the minds and Twitter feeds of many a hobbyist and historian. Being one of the most readily recognizable ships in history, it’s never far from societal consciousness. The handcrafted model version of the Titanic comes in a variety – including a 40″ remote-controlled, with the added bonus that it won’t sink!

Speaking of RC boats, those are another wonderful gift idea for fathers seeking something more active than a lovely conversation piece. RC boats provide a built-in activity for you and your father to get together and enjoy “sailing” on the “high seas” of the local lake or swimming pool.

When we reflect back on the lives and legacies of our parents, it is these shared experiences and memories that often prove the most poignant. In that way, gifts which allow for these shared activities and time to be spent together enrich both of your lives in ways that are truly priceless. And, really, isn’t that what Father’s Day is all about?

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The USS Constitution Model Ship

September 20th, 2010

Just as some presidents, sports stars, and award winning actors go down in the annals of history as “all-time-greats” or “best ever,” in their respective fields, this also holds true for naval ships. Undoubtedly, those who know the history and tradition of the USS Constitution would agree it is, to say the least, a legend. Interestingly enough, the USS Constitution was born from the establishment of the US’s first ever naval fighting force. In 1794, congress passed the Naval Act, which mandated the construction of a navy for the United States in order to protect its shores and ships of commerce. Boston-based ship designer Joshua Humphreys immediately got to work and created one of, if not the most, legendary ships in the history of naval warfare. When the USS Constitution was completed in 1797, it was larger, more heavily armed, and better constructed than any ship the world had even seen. From that day forward the Constitution helped demonstrate Untied States’ naval might and established America as a world power.

Battleship USS Constitution

Once it set sail on the high seas the USS Constitution quickly gained a reputation as a top-notch battleship. Her enemies found her to be such a formidable opponent and were so frustrated when they saw cannon balls and other munitions bounce right off of her, that she gained the name Old Ironsides. This reputation preceded the Constitution as she participated and won many battles in numerous wars. Old Ironsides vanquished her opposition in The Quasi war of 1798, The First Barbary War of 1801 and, most famously, the War of 1812. Unbelievably, the USS Constitution is one of the only naval ships in history to never lose a battle. Even more amazing is that the original Old Ironsides still exists today, as a museum, in Boston, Massachusetts and is the oldest vessel still afloat in the world. Honestly, has then ever been a more amazing ship? Why not celebrate this nautical landmark with a replica of the USS Constitution from Handcrafted Model Ships (HMS)?

Authentic USS Constitution Replica

Creating The Perfect USS Constitution Replica

If you are looking for standout replica of the USS Constitution battleship, look no further than the one designed and crafted by Handcrafted Model Ships. Their version of Old Ironsides is an exact 1:123 scale model, comes fully assembled and includes a base-stand. The HMS USS Constitution has been meticulously painted to match the actual USS Constitution that exists today. Furthermore, the ship was fabricated using the design plans from the original USS Constitution. Once you gaze upon it, you will realize that there is not better USS Constitution replica anyplace else.

The USS Constitution Battleship Model Makes A Special Addition To Any Collection

No model ship collector or nautical history fan should be without the USS Constitution model ship. It brings together a shining example of American naval might with excellence in model shipbuilding that only Handcrafted Model Ships provides. As our customers already know, ordering is a cinch, and the USS Constitution will arrive at your door fully assembled and ready to be displayed. Order today and own a replica of the greatest ship to ever sail under the American flag.

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