The USS Constitution is a 44 gun frigate and one of the original six frigates built for the US Navy. Launched in 1797, the ship is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. She saw extensive action during the war of 1812. The ship earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” when cannon balls were seen to bounce off her sides during the victorious battle against HMS Guerriere. The USS Constitution never lost a battle. In 1803 she served as Commodore Edward Preble’s flagship and led a squadron against the Barbary States in the Mediterranean Sea and the sailors became known as “Preble’s Boys”. This print shows USS Constitution as she appeared during this time.