During the War of 1812, the United States’ small and relatively new navy was taking a major beating at the hands of the powerful British. The U.S. needed a victory, and the USS Constitution would help provide one.

In August 1812, she met head on with Britain’s HMS Guerriere and astonished sailors on both sides with her resilience. When British cannonballs bounced off the Constitution’s hull, one British sailor was said to have exclaimed “Her sides are made of iron!” From there, it was more wartime heroics, battles with pirates, and the most venerated career of any U.S. warship.

The Constitution quickly gained mythical status, and–like so many other revered relics–it also soon gained a reputation for being haunted. It’s no surprise then that Syfy’s Ghost Hunters recently ventured inside this fabled ship, whose story is woven into the very fabric of American history. In the words of Ghost Hunter Dustin Pari: “Knowing the history of this ship lends to the sensation of walking amongst the ghosts of our American history.”

Walk amongst the ghosts yourselves with these unbelievable USS Constitution facts and photos:

 

17 Gun Salute
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19 Haunting Secrets Behind The USS Constitution, America’s Most Important Warship
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The Ghost Hunters investigation of the USS Constitution, “Rockets Red Scare,” premieres Wednesday, November 11 at 9/8c on Syfy (check out a sneak peak below). Find more info at the official Ghost Hunters page or on their Twitter feed.

 

Prepare to be scared with more haunted sites and ghost-filled locales, including a trip inside the real-life Shining hotel.

Nickolaus Hines
Nickolaus Hines
Nickolaus Hines is a freelance writer in New York City. He graduated from Auburn University, and his recent bylines can be found at Men's Journal, Inverse, and Grape Collective.
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