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The USS Constitution
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Portsmouth, NH is just a cannon ball's toss (or an hour by car) from Charlestown Yard in Massachusetts, the first exit off the Tobin Bridge. From the parking lot at Constitution Park, the famous Bunker Hill Monument is cleary visible. Portsmouth and Charlestown were two of the original six US Navy Yards selected to create the first six frigates in the Navy starting in 1797.



USS Constitution photo

A very short walk down an old railroad track leads to the harbor. Ironsides comes into view, at first dwarfed by a harborside restaurant.



USS Constitution photo

OK, so we were hungry -- and the food was surprisingly affordable. The best view of the USS Constitution is from the deck of Barrett's Restaurant. On a sunny Memorial Day, we got a front row center seat.



USS Constitution photo

A zoom view from the restaurant deck this day showed Ironsides facing off against a modern Navy destroyer that was offering tours with free giveaways. Ironsides appeared to be winning the tourism battle.

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