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Old Ironsides: The Nation's Ship

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center Theater

USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") is the last of the original six frigates commissioned by Congress for America’s first Navy in 1794, and the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Presenter Captain Chris Melhuish USN (ret), NHS member and former Commanding Officer of the Constitution, will share highlights of the frigate’s storied history leading up to her unique designation by the US Congress as “America’s Ship of State”.

We welcome you to contact us!  The Norfolk Historical Society maintains space at Historic Fort Norfolk (c. 1810).  We are also available via mail, e-mail, and social media.


Fort Norfolk
810 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


Norfolk Historical Society
P.O. Box 6367
Norfolk, Virginia 23508-0367

(757) 754-2004


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