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USS Constitution's Captain's Cabins

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Uploaded on May 14, 2010

A special video tour of The Captain's Greater Cabin and Aft Cabin aboard USS Constitution.

Located aft on the gun deck, these spaces have changed considerably since she saw the bulk of her combat in the War of 1812 and other conflicts.

Forwardmost, and partitioned off from the bulk of the gun deck is the Captain's Greater Cabin, spanning the ship's width. With 2 to 4 long guns sharing the space, this was configured for dining.

At the extreme rear corners of the ship (her "Quarters") were a pair of sunny Quarter Galleries appointed with simple toilets (heads) and arrangements for sleeping just inboard. Between these was the Aft Cabin, which had windows facing out through the transom, and furniture suitable for living and working. At some point, a fancy skylight was added with glass louvers that could be opened for ventilation by use of an umbrella-like stem.

Berthed in Massachusetts's historic Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution is America's Ship of State and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Details on the ship, her crew, and her free public tours can be found at her website:

history.navy.mil/ussconstitution

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