Jack loved the sea and anything that would float on it. He especially loved the famous ships of American history.
I found this old picture today.
FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2005
MY HUSBAND JACK ON THE DECK OF THE USS CONSTITUTION
Jack’s dream was to stand on the deck of the USS Constitution or “Old Ironsides” as she was called by those who served upon her. His dream finally came true when we had saved up enough money to take a trip back east to Boston.
As soon as the plane touched down Jack could not wait to walk the Freedom Trail to the harbor and get on that ship. I must admit it was awe inspiring to see her for the first time. Especially after listening to Jacks’ stories about her history and the role she played in the history of America.
To stand on those decks and image being at sea and fighting to found a nation was something you have to experience. What I found interesting was the height of the sides of the ship as you stood on deck. It seemed to me that they were somewhat high. A sailor explained to me it was to protect the men who fought on her decks. You see you could stand behind the sides with rifles and shoot, yet they offered plenty of protection. Jack explained to me that the way she got her nickname was because of the solid American hardwood she was made of cannon balls would bounce right off of her. Wow!