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Wealthy Seek to Muzzle Old Ironsides

November 9, 2009

The oldest commissioned warship afloat, USS Constitution, went to sea on her 212th birthday.

You can just feel the contempt the Boston councilman has for this complaint. You go guy! From Richard Weir at the Boston Herald:

The Herald reported on Saturday that the 204-foot-long vessel, formally called the USS Constitution, is under attack by residents in a nearby condo complex for being an ear-sore…The homeowners have pleaded with the commanding officer of the nation’s oldest commissioned navel vessel to eliminate the cannon blasts on weekends, reduce the amount of gunpowder charge used at other times and lower the volume of recorded playings of the national anthem during daily flag raising and lowering ceremonies…

“You are moving into a Navy Yard. Come on,” (Boston Councilor Sal) LaMattina said. “I would imagine them knowing about the Constitution being there . . . It’s absolutely ridiculous that people are complaining of Old Ironsides shooting the cannons.”

Yours truly lives right next to the Railroad tracks in one of the world’s historic Railroad Junctions, where the train roles by at least 3-4 times a day, often in the middle of the night. Its a part of history. You get used to it. And I love it!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 12, 2009 1:22 pm

    West asked “Mike, is there a berth next to CV-10 for IX-21?”

    If not, I’d build one with my bare hands!

  2. west_rhino permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:11 pm

    Mike, is there a berth next to CV-10 for IX-21?

    FWIW, My Granddad told of berthing on her during his enlistment in 1918…

  3. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 12, 2009 1:10 pm

    You’re right West!

  4. west_rhino permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:06 pm

    So maybe the caveat emptor needs to be extended to add a bit of Bill Engvall, to wit, “Here’s your sign”

  5. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 11, 2009 8:16 pm

    Thanks Maggie, for the info!

  6. November 11, 2009 7:00 pm

    You can go here and sign a petition expressing support for Old Ironsides, her officers and her Sailors.

    I love that pic! Can you see me waving? I am standing aft, starboard side.

    I grew up in Charlestown and please believe when I tell you, these people are not Townies. Townies are best represented by CDR Bob Gillen, USN (ret) former CO of USS Constitution. He was interviewed for this article.
    (I know the article identifies him as “Richard”, but trust me…it’s Bob)

  7. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 10, 2009 6:19 pm


  8. November 9, 2009 9:41 pm

    Screw ’em

  9. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 9, 2009 8:09 pm

    Now if those residents were saying something like “the hens quit laying” or the cows won’t give milk, I might have some sympathy. But “the guns disturbed our party guests”? That really annoyed me.

  10. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:48 pm

    This is basically OT, but it describes a similar situation.

    I recall a similar scenario that unfolded between Emory University (located in unincorporated DeKalb Co., GA – i.e., suburban Atlanta) and an exceptionally litigious lawyer who lived immediately across South Peachtree Creek from a portion of the University’s campus. Unfortunately, the university administration folded and shut down an interesting (if loud) research project. The thing was, Georgia law protects those who are already established from legal harassment by those who move adjacent to any facility that might be considered to be in any way ‘offensive.’

    It was really too bad, as I lived nearby and I truly enjoyed hearing the morning and evening territorial calls (intricate, song-like vocalizations) of five mated pairs of gibbons (small apes from SE Asia) being utilized in that research project. Those gibbons were living in five large outdoor enclosures (arrayed across a hillside above South Peachtree Creek and opposite the house of that unappreciative lawyer) and since gibbons are territorial, they ‘sing’ their territorial songs/calls at each other (establishing / reinforcing their territories [even if those territories were wholly enclosed large wire enclosures]).

    Gibbons are the only other species of monogamous great apes besides humans (well, while humans are assuredly great apes they sure ain’t always monogamous). Because of their monogamous mating / breeding behavioural pattern, gibbons have been studied and compared to humans for many decades.

    So, plus one to a litigious lawyer. Thus, minus one to science and the beautiful songs or calls of ten or more gibbons (they did have offspring) echoing up and down the steep hillsides of South Peachtree Creek most mornings and evenings of the year.

  11. Hudson permalink
    November 9, 2009 5:00 pm

    Re the firing of old guns:

    Every year since 1984 NYC hosts Fleet Week, as other cities have in the U.S., usually around Memorial Day or the 4th. It begins with the parade of ships up the Hudson River. One year was of special note. The parade was led by at least half a dozen tall ships from the Coast Guard and foreign navies. Among the larger ships anchored in the harbor for the weekend were the QE2 and the USS Iowa, bow pointing upstream.

    There had been some discussion of the ship firing a salute from her 16″ guns. A normal powder load would be three 200lb charges. The idea was batted back and forth between the Navy and the city. Finally, it was decided that even a single charge might blow out windows in Lower Manhatan offices. So we heard no thunder that weekend.

  12. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:48 pm

    Coast Guard 270 ft Medium Endurance Cutter in the background.

  13. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:47 pm

    Same thing happens with airports. Of course the owners got the property on the cheap because it was near an airport in the first place.

    Wanting others to bear the price of increasing you property value isn’t stupid, it’s just immoral.

  14. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 9, 2009 2:57 pm

    Thank you Mr X!

  15. November 9, 2009 12:12 pm

    Our local speedway track was built well away from any houses. Then they built an estate there and then the new residents of the estate campaign for years to have the track shut. They resident gave up.

    Over summer you can bet there is least one story in the English newspapers about some townie moving to a village, getting a nice house next to the green, and then starts to complain about the village cricket matches.

    Personally I think we should lead the Afghans alone and instead go to war on the stupid. I think most of the Western world would be a “target rich environment.”

    Super pics by the way.


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