The last all-sail ship built by the United States
Navy and the only surviving naval vessel of the Civil War still
afloat, it recently underwent a $9 million restoration. The project
will focus on the period from 1859 to 1861, during which the
Constellation was flagship of the U.S. African Squadron that
performed a military mission to interdict the international slave
trade off the west coast of Africa. The ship not only served as
headquarters for the operation, but also captured three slave
ships, one of which carried 705 African captives who were
Originally submitted by: Benjamin L. Cardin, Representative (3rd District).
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