The historic U.S.S. Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, was commissioned on this day in 1854. The second of the first six frigates completed by the United States Navy, the ship was was first commanded by Captain Thomas Truxton before finally retiring after 41 years of service, eventually being decommissioned and stationed at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego in August 2003. After attracting thousands of Military Enthusiasts as a popular tourist attraction for decades, the U.S.S. Constellation was taken on her final voyage in 2015 and then deconstructed and scrapped for her parts.
“It follows then as certain that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force, we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” —
George Washington, First President of the United States