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Navy Damage Controlman 1st Class Julia Marray, a native of Townsend, interacts with guests onboard USS Constitution for the July 4 turnaround cruise.  (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Samoluk/Released)
Navy Damage Controlman 1st Class Julia Marray, a native of Townsend, interacts with guests onboard USS Constitution for the July 4 turnaround cruise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Samoluk/Released)
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BOSTON — Townsend native and Navy Damage Controlman 1st Class Julia Marray served aboard the USS Constitution and interacted with guests for the July 4 turnaround cruise.

The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.

During normal operations, the active-duty sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents.

The ship earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.