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Historic Ships in Baltimore

301 Pier 3, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA

The 22-gun sloop-of-war USS Constellation was launched in 1854. Before the Civil War, Constellation served as flagship of the U.S. Africa Squadron patrolling the waters off of West Africa in search of ships engaging in the illegal slave trade. She captured three slavers, including the barque Cora, and freed 705 Africans destined for slavery. At the outbreak of the Civil War, she made the first Union Navy capture at sea, overpowering Triton, a slaver brig sailing in coastal waters off Africa. She then spent two years on the Mediterranean station protecting American shipping from Confederate commerce raiders. In 1864, Constellation reported for duty with Rear Admiral David Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron. USS Constellation is the last Civil War era naval vessel still afloat and the last all sail warship built by the U.S. Navy. Since 1955, the ship has been preserved as a museum in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A nine million dollar restoration project, completed in 1999, returned the ship's exterior to its 1860s configuration. Now, with all four decks open for exploration, visitors can enjoy a completely restored captain's cabin, sick bay, and wardroom in addition to engaging in hands-on demonstrations that take them back in time to a life at sea during the Civil War.Other sites available for visitation: Pearl Harbor survivor USCGC Taney; WWII submarine USS Torsk; Lightship 116 Chesapeake; and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.


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From the North via I-95 South: Take I-95 South through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel (toll) to exit 53 (I-395 North, Downtown). After exiting follow signs to the Inner Harbor. Take a left on Light Street - the Inner Harbor will be on your right. Historic Ships in Baltimore is located on Piers 1, 3 and 5 along Pratt Street between Light Street and the President Street.

Visitor Services

Restrooms available, wheelchair access on top two decks of USS Constellation, gift shop, audio guide, group tours, naval ceremonies, catered events, and overnight adventures

Regular Events

Live Cannon Firing at Noon (daily), turn-around cruise (spring), July 4th Celebration, Descendant Reunion (August), Turn-around Cruise (September), Constellation Cup sail boat race (October), New Year's Eve Deck Party, Scheduled demonstrations by Ship's Company-Constellation's Civil War Naval and Marine living history unit-during spring and summer months

Available Interpretation

"Ship's Crew" interpreters, hands-on presentations, onboard exhibits, audio tour

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

For one ship: Adults $11.00, seniors $9.00, youth (6-14) $5.00, children (5 & under) free; 2 and 4 ship packages available - see website for details.


Hours of Operation vary according to ship, check website for details. Generally ships open around 10:00AM.



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