What ship was nicknamed “Old Ironsides” in the 1830 poem?

The Constitution, a 44-gun frigate that defeated two British warships in the War of 1812, was nicknamed “Old Ironsides”.

It was memorialized as “Old Ironsides” in the 1830 poem of that name by Oliver Wendell Holmes, written to protest the proposed scrapping of the ship.

The ship was saved and, in rebuilt form, is still on view at the Boston Navy Yard.

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