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USS Constitution in Boston Reopens for Public Tours

The USS Constitution is docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The Navy's oldest commissioned warship reopened for tours on Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The USS Constitution is docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The Navy's oldest commissioned warship reopened for tours on Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON -- The USS Constitution is reopening for public tours, following more than two years of restoration.

The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship reopened for tours again on Saturday, in time for the Labor Day holiday. After Monday, it will resume its regular Tuesday through Sunday tour schedule.

The wooden ship is docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. It was launched in 1797 as one of the Navy's newest heavy frigates, and earned its nickname "Old Ironsides" during the War of 1812.

The restoration work included replacing 100 hull planks and installing 2,200 new copper sheets. The 220-year-old frigate was returned to the water in July after spending time in dry dock.

Tours are free but adults must present a valid federal or state-issued photo ID.

The ship's crew members are active-duty sailors.

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