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USNI NEWS Video: USS Constitution is Getting a Mast Makeover

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ABOARD FRIGATE USS CONSTITUTION – The oldest warship afloat looked skeletal moored in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston with no sails.
A ship without sails is common for the modern Navy, but for USS Constitution, the sheets of advanced polyester designed to look like flax cloth are a crucial part of the 226-year-old frigate’s structure.

The reason for the bare look is Old Ironsides is going through a major repair, Constitution commander Cmdr. Billie June Farrell told USNI News. During the periodic review, the crew found rot in the masts, prompting the repairs, she said.

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