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Council Smacks Anti-Constitution Agitators

November 19, 2009

Remember the tale of the wealthy condo owners who sought to muzzle the USS Constitution’s daily gun salute, which was disturbing their party-making? The Boston City Council has just passed a resolution in support of Old Ironsides and her historic excursions. Richard Weir again at the Boston Herald:

“If you move into our city, respect our city,” said Councilor Sal LaMattina, who represents Charlestown and sponsored the measure in response to the condo owners’ complaints that the cannons blasts from the nation’s oldest commissioned naval vessel were “disruptive to the neighborhood.”

Councilor Maureen Feeney of Dorchester added, “To all those individuals who chose Charlestown . . . you don’t get it. You don’t appreciate where you live. You don’t appreciate the value, the role that Charlestown played, not just in the city of Boston, but in the very freedom of this country.”

Specifically, here were the complaints:

“Over the summer, we have entertained several times, and we have had guests sit up in shock when the cannon goes off,” wrote one resident. “It has also awakened them at 8 a.m. while they are vacationing and then blasted them again at sunset.”

Ugh. They pretty much asked for this publicity, didn’t they? Well done Charlestown. Like your coastal sister city here in Charleston SC, we love and support our history!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. philbob permalink
    November 20, 2009 12:45 am

    Fricken Yuppies :/

  2. Lord Chadwick permalink
    November 19, 2009 10:31 pm

    Graham that was too funny. It’s hard to act like i am working when i am laughing out loud!

  3. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 19, 2009 6:09 pm

    Seventy-nine thousand and 400 gallons of rum. Let’s see, that would be something like 320,000 liters (or more) of rum. Seems like they must have had a secretly developed & installed rum-burning propulsion system aboard Old Ironsides back in 1798. ;-)

  4. Hudson permalink
    November 19, 2009 5:23 pm

    To elaborate a bit:

    “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers … 7400 cannon shot, 11600 pounds of black powder and 79400 gallons of rum.”

    Common types of shot: ball, bar shot, chain shot, hot shot, canister, grape.

  5. November 19, 2009 4:57 pm

    Good news! BZ Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 19, 2009 4:54 pm

    Ha ha! Now, now…

  7. Scathsealgaire permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:04 pm

    I am not even an American and I cannot understand the stupidity and lack of appreciation for their own history these…I guess numb-nuts fits… have.

    It would be like buying a home on an airport glide-path and complaining about the noise. Or buying a house down wind of a meat works and complaining about the smell.

    They were there first numb-nuts. You knew about it when you moved in. If not sue the realtor(Good luck with that).

  8. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 19, 2009 3:45 pm


    Oh, yeah – a whiff of gunpowder smoke and a touch of grapeshot. Lotsa big, big booms to go along with clearing away the rich riff-raff.

  9. Graham Strouse permalink
    November 19, 2009 3:30 pm

    How about launching the daily fusillade INTO the condos. Mix up the broadside for variety. Use some cannonballs, some grapeshot, some sand-packed chain like they did in that Mythbusters episode. Just call it re-zoning.

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