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HBGT11: Old Ironsides Virtual Cache

Hidden : 08/01/2018
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Geocache Description:

This cache is part of the Historic Boston GeoTour, a series of twelve caches that will take you through the city’s 400 years of history. One of the twelve is a bonus cache which will require you to also complete the Freedom Trail Adventure Labs. Completing the GeoTour will earn you 57 smileys, a Historic Boston GeoTour geocoin, and a Historic Boston digital souvenir.

This is a Virtual Cache. There is nothing hidden. You may not log a FOUND unless you can prove your visit to the ship. The ship is back open, but not every day and with limited hours. Updates are available at the US Navy site here.

The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. It is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. Launched in 1797, it was one of six frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794, signed into law by President George Washington. Old Ironsides was designed by Joshua Humphreys. The ship was built in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, at Edmund Hartt's shipyard. Old Ironsides is perhaps best known for its actions during the War of 1812. The heavy frigate captured many merchant ships and defeated multiple British warships. The ship circled the world in the 1840's, and carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878. Read more about Old Ironsides here.

To log this visit as FOUND, you must visit the ship. There are two ways to prove your visit. Either one is enough:

1. Go below the deck to find out who was the First Lieutenant as of January 1840. The museum staff doesn't have this information. DON'T POST THE ANSWER. Message the cache owner through profile with the correct answer.
2. Post a photo IN YOUR LOG of the ship with you clearly or your unique caching collectible specific to you. Generic thumb photos not accepted. Photo not required if you can answer the question above. DON'T SEND PHOTOS TO ME. Failure to fulfill at least one of these will result in log deletion. And no spoilers!

Boarding the USS Constitution is free and is accessible by foot at the end of the Freedom Trail. The ship and museum are open to the public. A security check is required before boarding the ship. Adults must have a valid ID. Children need no ID. The museum is free but donations are accepted. Paid parking is available nearby. Click here for information on visiting the ship.

Virtual Reward - 2017/2018

This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

The Historic Boston GeoTour

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