USS Constitution to Return to Water After Latest Restoration

Restoration work continues on the USS Constitution in dry dock, April 5, 2017, at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The ship enters dry dock for below-the-waterline repairs every 20 years. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Restoration work continues on the USS Constitution in dry dock, April 5, 2017, at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The ship enters dry dock for below-the-waterline repairs every 20 years. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON — "Old Ironsides" is headed back to Boston's waters after being dry docked for repairs these last two years.

Navy officials on Wednesday said restoration work on the USS Constitution is nearly complete. The world's oldest commissioned warship afloat is slated to return to the waters at the Charlestown Navy Yard in late July.

The ship enters dry dock every 20 years.

Nearly 100 white oak hull planks were replaced this latest round. The lower hull also was re-caulked and covered with 2,200 copper sheets. The roughly $15 million process has been chronicled online.

The ship has largely remained open to visitors, but access will be limited from July to September while workers restore the masts and rigging.

The ship earned its famous nickname notching victories in the War of 1812.

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