USS Constitution sails again

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U.S. Navy personnel gather sails in the rigging of the USS Constitution as the vessel arrives at her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard, in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned war ship sailed under her own power Sunday for the first time since 1997. The sail was held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the ship's victory over HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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The 215-year-old USS Constitution has sailed for the first time since 1997, taking a 17-minute cruise across Boston Harbor. The short trip on Sunday, August 19, was to commemorate the Navy ship's victory over a British warship during the War of 1812. Following the battle, the Constitution was nicknamed "Old Ironsides."

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