Lagerbom sails aboard 200-year-old Navy ship

Sep 29, 2019
Courtesy of: Charles Lagerbom BAHS teacher Charles Lagerbom stands on the deck of the USS Constitution Sept. 20 in Boston Harbor.

Boston — Belfast Area High School teacher Charles "Chip" Lagerbom was one of several New England teachers who participated in an educators' cruise Sept. 20 aboard the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor.

The 200-year old sailing ship, still a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel, departed Charlestown Navy Yard and proceeded out to Castle Island (now Fort Independence), where it gave a 21-cannon salute to the fort.

The USS Constitution Museum had several exhibits and displays for educators, as well as interactive presentations on each deck — everything from the physics and engineering of 18th-century sailing to medicine and hygiene aboard ships, Lagerbom said.

As it is still a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel, the crew were all Navy personnel but dressed in 18th-century uniforms, including the captain and executive officers.

Castle Island (now Fort Independence), seen from the 200-year-old sailing ship, USS Constitution, Sept. 20. (Courtesy of: Charles Lagerbom)
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