4th -15th July 2013 - Boston Part 2 - USS Constitution & Boston Duck Tours

Mon 15 Jul 2013 12:46
It’s about an hour’s drive from Braintree to downtown Boston, so we wanted to make the most of our visits.  A ‘must’ whilst in Boston; a tour of the USS Constitution “ a National Landmark”.  Launched in Boston  in 1797, she is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.  Undefeated in combat, she earned the title of “Old Ironsides” in the battles against the Royal Navy in the war of 1812.   As a fully commissioned US Navy Ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs and special events, while keeping the ship open to visitors year round and providing free tours.
IMGP0149USS Constitution
Outside the USS Constitution
On Deck of the USS Constitution
One of the serving seamen, who provided information about the USS Constitution.
Michael asked a question about the cannons on board and why they all had the English coat of arms on their barrels?  His response was that only one other person had asked this question and it happened to be our own Queen Elizabeth.  Apparently the mistake was made when the guns were replicated!
We then followed the Freedom Trail to visit some other historical sites.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long path through downtown Boston.  Paul Revere’s statue – supposedly altered the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces.
Meeting up for dinner with Liz and Chris at Giacomo’s.  As you can see a popular place, but the food was worth waiting for!
Like many other cities in the world, Boston too has it’s own World War 11 amphibian vehicles.  In fact one had recently made the news in the UK, about one sinking in Liverpool harbour.  So with that in mind we decided to book a tour, which would include a city site seeing tour and a trip into the Charles River.
Michael & Kenny on the back seat of “Molly Molasses!        Our ‘ConDUCKtor’ and former superhero ‘Capt. Super Swift’ has put on a few pounds!
Some of the sites en route on the Duck.
The Old State House.
The old North Church is the oldest active church building in Boston. The bells are the original ones Paul Revere sounded in 1749.
The Old South Church
Home of the TV series “Boston Legal”
The Massachusetts State House – the state’s capitol building.  The dome is covered in gold leaf.                                                                                                                                                          
Leonard Sachem Memorial Bridge                                                                 On the Charles River
Boston Skyline