Street View maps Old Ironsides

Street View maps Old Ironsides

The USS Constitution will be headed to dry dock for repairs and restoration in March, but thanks to Google Maps, a 360-degree virtual tour of Old Ironsides is now available.

Using Street View technology, Google Maps photographed the ship in fall 2014 to create a virtual experience of touring the 217-year-old warship.

"The timing was ideal," said Cmdr. Sean Kearns, Constitution's 73rd commanding officer, in a Navy statement. "It enabled Google to photograph the ship pierside in her normal fully-rigged configuration before we down-rig the ship and move her into dry dock for restoration work."

The Street View technology offers a unique view of most decks and spaces in the warship, including some spaces typically closed off to visitors. The virtual tour allows the public to view and experience the three-masted frigate as she traditionally looks, fully-rigged at her berth at pier 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard.

USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston's Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.

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