Ship Model No.: GSW160
Ship Launched: Year 1799
Dimension: 1035mm Long x 710mm Wide x 320mm High
Built with rare, high quality woods such as light ebony, rosewood and blackwood.
About USS Constellation – Historical Significance
The Constellation was the first US Navy ship to bear the Constellation name for the “Constellation of Stars” on the new American flag was launched in Baltimore in 1797. Rating 38 guns, displacing 1,278 tons, with 164-ft. length and 40 ft., 6 in. beam, Constellation combined the firepower of a standard frigate with celerity of a Baltimore Clipper. Capable of cruising at 14 knots, she earned the nickname, “Yankee Racehorse.”
In early 1799, she captured the French 36-gun frigate Insurgente off the West Indies. While the Insurgente was moving in to grapple, the speedy Constellation maneuvered across her bow and raked the Insurgente fiercely with a full broadside causing Insurgente to surrender.
In 1800, the 52-guns Vengeance and Constellation battled it out for 5 hours! While both suffered greatly the Vengeance, almost completely destroyed and in danger of sinking, escaped in the darkness. The Constellation went on to fight many more battles on the high seas.