1812 Day on the USS Constellation
Last Saturday I went down to the USS Constellation in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to see my friends and fellow reenactors of Ship’s Company do their thing. Though the ship was technically built and commissioned in the 1780s, she was essentially entirely reconstructed in 1854, making her more of a Civil War ship than anything else. However, once or twice a year, Ship’s Company helps to tell the ship’s original story by doing demonstrations on board and generally providing ambiance for visitors.
The Constellation is a massive ship, with an original crew numbering over 300. The Captain’s cabin alone is larger than all the officer’s cabins on the Elissa (my “home” ship) combined, and the scale of everything is pretty awe-inspiring. If you’re visiting Baltimore and have any interest in ships or history, I definitely recommend a visit.
When I moved to Baltimore last year, I did something of an overhaul of my social circle, with the vast majority of my friends now hailing from the city or it’s older, richer, oft-chiding brother, Annapolis. I also finally added my first 19th century era to my reenacting docket by joining Ship’s Company. My friend Lothar graciously paid my first year’s dues as an encouragement for me to participate, as another member did for him many years ago. I have yet to turn out with them in uniform (as I do not have any of the clothing or equipment yet), but I hope to do so later this year. I look forward to joining them on the Constellation for this event next year as well.
As always, I had my camera with me, so I did both some portraits of a few members, as well as some general photos of the unit, including some of them performing drill with the cannons on board. I hope you enjoy them.