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Published on Jun 13, 2012
Each week American Artifacts takes viewers into archives, museums and historic sites around the country. USS Constitution was launched in Boston in 1797 and named by President George Washington for the Constitution of the United States. The ship gained fame during the War of 1812, defeating British warships in three sea battles and earning the nickname "Old Ironsides." American History TV visited the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, located at the same pier where the ship is docked today. The museum's president, Anne Grimes Rand, gave us a tour of some of the museum's exhibits and artifacts. In this preview, she talks about two of USS Constitution's earliest encounters with British warships in the War of 1812. Watch the full tour at http://cs.pn/Kb3KEq.