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U.S.S. Constitution (1797-current), aka OLD IRONSIDES, is the most famous ship in the U.S. Navy, often called "America's greatest sea hero." The vessel was taken out of active military service in 1884. In the War of 1812, the Constitution the larger British frigate, Guerriere. defeated

The ship visited Santa Barbara twice as a part of its three-year tour of U.S. ports that began in 1931.