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Leaving on a jet plane...
Catching sight of Manhattan out the port windows
Times Square area
Roosevelt Island
Randall's Island and East Harlem
View of Rikers Island
The George Washington Bridge in the sunset.
Logan Airport Control Tower
Going to the USS Constitution, unfortunately closed today!
Going into the visitor center to get a peek at the ship from the exit...
Inside the museum, a nice Lego creation!
Specs for the Lego model of the Csssin Young
Bow of the Lego Cassin Young
Twin 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns
TUrret 2, 5 inch naval gun..
The USS Constitution getting some maintenance before her cruise.
We will go up the gangplank later this week.
Getting a view of the Constitution's stern.
Seems odd to see green BDUs in a naval setting.
Older masts complementing the modern crane boom.
The USS Constitution's ensign.
24-pound long guns on the gun deck, 30-pound carronades on the spar deck above.
Superwide view of the USS Constitution from the Visitor's Center
Bow of the USS Constitution, showing details of the bowsprit.
Modern safety rigging would have been unknown to the yardmen on the Constitution.
Some of the exhibits in the Visitor Center
Binnacles from the USS Wabash from 1856. New tech!
Sonar dome model from the 1950s and some tech from the USS Cassin Young.
Signs from the active era of the Charleston Naval Yard.
John and Peggy waiting for the Uber
Getting ready for a Boston Duck Tour
Our duck is blue.  It's really a DUKW.
Peggy and John boarding our DUKW
FInding our seats aboard the DUKW.
Plenty of life vests available.
Our guide was very entertaining and informative at the same time.
In the Charles River heading towards the Longfellow Bridge in the DUKW
Looking back at the Museum of Science on the Charles River.
The Esplanade Condos on the north bank of the Charles River.
The Hatch Memorial Shell (amphitheater) through the Longfellow Bridge.
Rather grand statue, overlooking the Charles River.
Dome of the Massachusetts State House from the Charles River.
Old drawbridge over the Broad Canal with kayakers in the canal.
A fellow DUKW churning past us.
The Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, near the Longfellow Bridge.
The famous Citgo sign, near Fenway Park.
Lots of young sailors on the Charles River.
Sailing the Charles River
That's a pretty steep list to port...
Community Boating, Inc along the south bank of the Charles River
Canadian geese at home on the Charles River.
Geese on the go.
Approaching the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the DUKW
Old railway drawbridges in front of the new suspension bridge.
Another view of the old and new bridges.
Driving by the Old State House with BNY Mellon Center beside it.
DUKW visiting the Old State House
DUKWs and the Old State House
At our AirBnB on Tremont Street, a view of the steeples to the west, I think.
View to the east on Tremont Street, of the Peoples Baptist Church.
Northeastern University Khoury College of Computer Sciences, where Ben spends a lot of his time.
Proud flags at Northeastern University
Looking to the west on Tremont Street as night falls
Looking to the west on Tremont Street as night falls
Waiting to meet our tour guide for our private Freedom Trail Tour.
Bob Miller, our guide and historian from Lessons on Liberty was an amazing storyteller.
Old Massachusetts State House dome shining in the morning light.
Learning about the importance of alcohol and tea to the Americans in Boston Common.
Heading towards the Granary Burying Ground
Spotting some reenactors
The obelisk marking the graves of Ben Franklin's parents in the Granary Burying Ground
Detail of the plaque on the Franklin obelisk in the Granary Burying Ground
Peggy and John posing with the Franklins.
Headstones organized for lawn mowing in Granary Burying Ground
Bob helping us understand how and why Americans organized themselves to fight England.
Bob telling us about a big party thrown by Hancock.
Flowers outside of the King's Chapel
Obelisk outside of King's Chapel
Bit of repair needed for a column at King's Chapel
Courtyard at Old City Hall, now a commercial building.
Common Boston sight.
Avian eyeliner at work.
Reenactors heading up towards the Old State House
Hard to park legally in Boston.
John with reenactors at the Old State House
Reenactors at the Old State House
Reenactors at the Old State House
Reenactors at the Old State House
Reenactors at the Old State House
Reenactors at the Old State House
Old State House dwarfed by commercial Boston.
Old State House dwarfed by commercial Boston.
Chickadee making a ground nest
Chickadee testing it's new ground nest.
Chickadee doing some improvements on it's ground nest.
Heading over to Faneuil Hall, undergoing some serious renovation.
Blue. That's the color of Faneuil Hall in 2019
Looking west towards Boston City Hall, not a pleasant looking building.
Visiting the printers in Faneuil Hall
Plate for A Declaration
Printer explaining his work.
Morning trip to the USS Constitution, which is open today!
Going back through the exhibits at the Visitor's Center
The Constitution is constantly being renewed, and old parts are of interest.
Early at the visitor's center, so not crowded.
Plenty to read and learn about if we had to wait for a while.
Most impressive model.
Checking out some detail on a model illustrating construction details.
Peggy and John learning the ropes.
John learning some new nautical terms.
Diorama of the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere battle.
Out to the ship herself!  Carronades on the spar deck.
The gangway awaits the visitors.
The first visitors of the day queue up.
Visitors eager to board the USS Constitution. Us included!
John and Peggy walking the plank, the easy way.
A great day to visit a ship!
For a few moments, we own the gangplank.
Masts towering overhead.  Dangerous work up there!
For a few minutes, we the spar deck to ourselves.
Proud to be back aboard a US Navy vessel.
Peggy asking questions about the 24 pounders on the gun deck.
Different tools and loads for the great guns.
The gun deck is quiet for the moment.
A 24 pounder's view of the world from the gun deck.
Hammocks for the enlisted men on the berth deck..
Doors to officer's country at the stern.
Dining and card room for officers of the USS Constitution.
Officer's cabins on the berth deck.
Pretty tight spaces for the officers, but there is some privacy.
Another cabin on the other side.
Details of the arresting ropes for the gun carriages.
Sailor describing the working of the great guns.
The ends of the ropes coiled to keep from tangling. The "Falls are flemished."
Sailor describing action on the gun deck of the USS Constitution.
24 pounder long gun.
Long gun names, probably from the 1824-1828 gunner John Lord.
Sailor pointing out the details on the 24 pounder.
Captain's or Commodore's cabin on the gun deck, in one of the quarter galleries.
Ensign in the captain's dining room.
A rather spacious dining room for the captain.
a 30 pounder carronade, a smasher!
Carronades on the spar deck.
A grating next to the helmsman's station.
Spar deck getting more crowded now!
Clever skylight/ventilator at the bow.
A view of the masts and rigging to the stern.
A view of the masts and rigging to the stern.
Spar deck near the bow, looking to the stern
Details of a wooden block.
Cascabel for a 30 pounder carronade.
Block and tackle on the carriage to run the carronade out.
Wooden blocks for running the carronade out.
Another view of the cascabel and arresting rope of a 30 pounder carronade.
Trucks for the gun carriage sit quietly underfoot.
A sailor doing some detail work on the USS Constitution.
Some of the many lines on the USS Constitution.
A the bow, souvenir ensigns are being flown and taken down for the Constitution's visitors.
Cleats for the lines for the ensigns.
A big wooden block for the rigging.
Crew on board to answer questions.
John taking in the view on the spar deck.
Silencing the bell after striking it.
John gets to help fly an ensign over the Constitution.
He will take this one home with him.
John watching his ensign go up.
John's ensign aboard the USS Constitution.
Down it comes, and John will help fold it.
Took two tries to get it just right.
Just right!  It's John's now!
Peggy and I want to get our own ensign flown over the Constitution as well!  Here it goes!
Proudly aloft the Constitution!
Proudly aloft the Constitution!
Coming on down for us.
Happy visitors to the gun deck below.
Possibly the captain coming aboard.  I don't read ranks well...
Another sailor comes aboard. Strange seeing woodland camo BDUs aboard a naval vessel.
Stepping off for a bit of lunch and rest.
Some of the signal flags on the mizzen mast to the stern of the Constitution
Some of the signal flags on the mizzen mast to the stern of the Constitution
Details of the Constitution's bow.
The Constitution's bowsprit and fore mast.
Superwide view of the USS Constitution, forward quarter.

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