Built in 1797 and known as “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship currently afloat. While in service, it played key roles in many battles but today, it’s a floating museum that sees over 600,000 visitors annually.  

And recently its long history added a new chapter as Billie J. Farrell became the 77th commanding officer of the USS Constitution –  and the first woman to hold that position in the ship’s 225-year history. 

Connecting Point took a road trip to the Charlestown Naval Yard to meet with Commander Farrell and take a tour of the historic ship.