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USS Constitution sails again

2012-08-20 06:32:15 GMT2012-08-20 14:32:15(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The USS Constitution is escorted by a tugboat in Boston Harbor as a crowd looks on from the shore in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

An onlooker waves a colonial era flag as the USS Constitution passes through Boston Harbor in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Military reenactors in the uniforms of U.S. Marines from the war of 1812 march in front of the USS Constitution moments after the vessel arrived at her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard, in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The USS Constitution fires one of her guns in Boston Harbor as a crowd looks on from the shore in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The USS Constitution passes the Boston skyline as it is tugged back through Boston Harbor in Boston, Massachusetts August 19, 2012. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

U.S. Navy personnel gather sails in the rigging of the USS Constitution as the vessel arrives at her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard, in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The 215-year-old USS Constitution has sailed for the first time since 1997, taking a 17-minute cruise across Boston Harbor.

The short trip on Sunday, August 19, was to commemorate the Navy ship's victory over a British warship during the War of 1812. Following the battle, the Constitution was nicknamed "Old Ironsides."

(Agencies)

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