South Boston 08/22/14- In one of it's final turnarounds, the USS Constitution turned around and fired it's guns to salute the crowds at Castle Island, as hundred carried American flags in tribute. The last two turnarounds are August 29, and October 19th. Then, the ship will not be seen for three years as it will undergo needed repairs in dry dock. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)
South Boston 08/22/14- In one of it's final turnarounds, the USS Constitution turned around and fired it's guns to salute the crowds at Castle Island, as hundred carried American flags in tribute. The last two turnarounds are August 29, and October 19th. Then, the ship will not be seen for three years as it will undergo needed repairs in dry dock. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)
The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — The world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project.

The historic warship the U.S.S. Constitution left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Friday morning. It set and struck three topsails and then fired a 21-gun salute off Castle Island in South Boston.

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The Constitution will get underway for the final time before the repair job on Oct. 17 but won’t set its sails at that time because they will have already been removed.

Constitution crew members have spent the past week training 150 U.S. Navy chief petty officers on sailing techniques utilized aboard Old Ironsides since the 1790s.