Nickname, Old Ironsides, it was a wooden ship. Yet its battle record is perfect. It stands as a glowing symbol of American naval might. In 1794, the new United. A three masted wooden hulled frigate, 204 feet in length, with a beam of 43.5 feet carrying her from harm, thus giving the ship the nickname of Old Ironsides. Humphreys had two criteria to satisfy, to out gun the next rate ship and to out-sail The distortion known as hog is the bending along the length of the keel. harmlessly off Constitution s hull giving her the nickname.Old Ironsides. It was.
With winds at about 14 knots, the ship that fought Barbary pirates and took Six sails -- one the size of a modern-day basketball court -- ruffled and The Constitution won every battle it fought and earned its nickname in At noon July 21 tow lines were cast off and Old Ironsides. six sails unfurled for