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Photos: Gun Salute As Old Ironsides Makes Final Boston Harbor Voyage Before Revamp

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Approximately 300 people gathered on Castle Island Friday to give the USS Constitution — the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship — a proper bon voyage for her final trip around Boston Harbor before docking on dry land for some structural repairs.

Restoring the nearly 217-year-old Boston naval icon may take up to three years. Though its sails have already been removed, Old Ironsides will remain open for tours at the Charlestown Navy Yard until it enters into drydock next March.

The USS Constitution faces a crowd on the Fish Pier at Castle Island after a gun salute on what is the final voyage around Boston Harbor before the ship goes into drydock for restoration. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The USS Constitution faces a crowd on the Fish Pier at Castle Island after a gun salute on what is the final voyage around Boston Harbor before the ship goes into drydock for restoration. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The USS Constitution fires one of its cannons. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The USS Constitution fires one of its cannons. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
One of the cannon shots from the USS Constitution. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
One of the cannon shots from the USS Constitution. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A cannon fires off from Castle Island. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A cannon fires off from Castle Island. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A cannon shot from Castle Island. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A cannon shot from Castle Island. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A boy waves a flag by the wall of Fort Independence. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A boy waves a flag by the wall of Fort Independence. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Jesse Costa Twitter Photographer, Multimedia Producer
Jesse Costa is the multimedia producer for WBUR.

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