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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Jan 2022 2:47 p.m. PST

A woman is taking over as commanding officer of the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, for the first time in the warship's 224-year history, the Navy announced Tuesday. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell is scheduled to assume command at an on-board ceremony Jan. 21…

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Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2022 3:18 p.m. PST

I'm tired of meaningless 'firsts'. In the grand scheme of things, or even the small scheme of things this amounts to nothing.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2022 3:24 p.m. PST

Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face.
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face.

Than spread sunshine
all over the place, and

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2022 3:28 p.m. PST

The ship used to make a short trip around the harbor
annually to present a different hull side to the elements.

If that is still done, I wish Cmdr. Farrell well in her
first 'under weigh' command (although I think Old Ironsides
is towed for the short duration of the 'voyage,' if
indeed it is still done.)

Blutarski05 Jan 2022 7:45 a.m. PST

Ahoy, Ed.
In connection with her last restoration project (ten years ago?), Constitution did receive a very abbreviated set of sails topsails, jib and driver under which she was very cautiously permitted to sail on her own for a short period in the sheltered waters of Boston Harbor

Apart from that, I'm pretty sure that any other movement is handled by tugs.

Happy New Year. Hope you and the TSS gang are all doing well.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2022 12:01 p.m. PST

Thanks ! BTW, I have an extra copy of one of the volumes
of _The Quasi-war with France_ published by NIP back in
in 1935.

Your's for the asking if you want it.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2022 12:41 p.m. PST

It would be amazing to be assigned as part of her crew.

JSchutt05 Jan 2022 7:58 p.m. PST

Parallel parking it might be a problem….

Blutarski08 Jan 2022 1:28 p.m. PST

Hi Ed,
Thank you very much for the kind offer, but I some time ago disposed of several books on the Quasi-War to free up bookshelf space.

BTW, speaking of women in high-profile command positions, the Navy fairly recently assigned the first woman to command of a CVN.


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