Image of the Day: Old Ironsides Fires a Round

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ship’s saluting battery on February 20.

In this way, the vessel commemorated the bicentennial anniversary of Old Ironsides’ dual victory against the Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant in its final battle of the War of 1812.

The battle, which took place on Feb. 20, 1815 near the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, was fought three days after the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Ghent, which officially ended the war.

Image: US Navy

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