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Photos: Ceremony Marks Beginning Of USS Constitution Repairs

The USS Constitution, Tuesday, in Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The USS Constitution, Tuesday, in Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
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In a sort of groundbreaking ceremony, USS Constitution staff marked the beginning of a two year refurbishment project by gently prying off the first of 3,400 copper sheets that line the bottom of the historic warship.

Tuesday was also the first day the ship was open to visitors since it was brought into dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Shipyard last month for repairs. Visitors to the USS Constitution Museum were invited to add their names to one of the new copper sheets that will be attached to the ship as the refurbishment continues.

Anne Grimes Rand, president of the USS Constitution Museum, and Cmdr. Sean Kearns, the Constitution's 73rd commanding officer, pried off the first of the copper plates to be removed from the ship for repairs. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Anne Grimes Rand, president of the USS Constitution Museum, and Cmdr. Sean Kearns, the Constitution's 73rd commanding officer, pried off the first of the copper plates to be removed from the ship for repairs. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Anne Grimes Rand and Cmdr. Sean Kearns with the first of the copper plates to be removed from the USS Constitution. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Anne Grimes Rand and Cmdr. Sean Kearns with the first of the copper plates to be removed from the USS Constitution. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Inside the USS Constitution Museum, Ryan Holland, an operations officer, signs his name on one of the new copper sheets that will be placed on the hull of the historic ship. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Inside the USS Constitution Museum, Ryan Holland, an operations officer, signs his name on one of the new copper sheets that will be placed on the hull of the historic ship. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The USS Constitution in Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Tuesday. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The USS Constitution in Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard Tuesday. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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