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Historic Ships You Can Actually Visit

By Erin Kuschner of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 16: Baltimore As the only surviving ship from the Civil War era, the USS Constellation is steeped in American history. Built in 1854, the ship, now located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, spent its early days preventing the illegal importation of Africans to America by capturing slave ships en route. It was then used by the Union army during the Civil War, aiding in the capture of the Confederate ship CSS Sumter. The USS Constellation was decommissioned after 100 years of service, and can now be visited at Pier 1 in Baltimore, where visitors can take a tour, pop into the galley, or participate in a Parrott rifle drill.Related: The 40 Best Places in America to Travel Back in Time

USS Constellation

Baltimore 

As the only surviving ship from the Civil War era, the USS Constellation is steeped in American history. Built in 1854, the ship, now located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, spent its early days preventing the illegal importation of Africans to America by capturing slave ships en route. It was then used by the Union army during the Civil War, aiding in the capture of the Confederate ship CSS Sumter. The USS Constellation was decommissioned after 100 years of service, and can now be visited at Pier 1 in Baltimore, where visitors can take a tour, pop into the galley, or participate in a Parrott rifle drill.

Related: The 40 Best Places in America to Travel Back in Time
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