Naval Gazing

A World War II destroyer you can go aboard

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Photo: Les Wood

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ore than a third of the visitors to the USS Constitution miss the USS Cassin Young, a World War II destroyer moored barely 50 yards away. The Cassin Young took part in forward action in the Pacific, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She was twice hit by kamikaze aircraft. Big Band-era music plays in the background on tours, which are far less crowded than those aboard the Constitution. Marcus

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The deck of the USS Constitution was the first American territory on which a Roman Catholic pope ever set foot, when Pope Pius IX came aboard on August 1, 1849, at the Italian port of Gaeta.

 

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