Old Ironsides

Catalog Code: 
2- 21037
Description: 

USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy named by President George Washington after the United States Constitution. She is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat.
Story of the nickname "Old Ironsides":  A frigate was sighted on 19 August 1812 during the War of 1812 and subsequently determined to be HMS Guerriere who opened fire upon entering range of Constitution, doing little damage. After a few exchanges of cannon fire between the ships, Captain Hull maneuvered Constitution into an advantageous position within 25 yards of Guerriere. He then ordered a full double-loaded broadside of grape and round shot which took out Guerriere's mizzenmast decreasing its maneuverability with her mizzenmast dragging in the water, and she collided with Constitution, entangling her bowsprit in Constitution's mizzen rigging. This left only Guerriere's bow guns capable of effective fire. 
At one point, the two ships rotated together counter-clockwise, with Constitution continuing to fire broadsides. When the two ships pulled apart, the force of the bowsprit's extraction sent shock waves through Guerriere's rigging. Her foremast collapsed, and that brought the mainmast down shortly afterward.  Guerriere was now a dismasted, unmanageable hulk with close to a third of her crew wounded or killed, while Constitution remained largely intact. The British surrendered.
Hull had surprised the British with his heavier broadsides and his ship's sailing ability. Adding to their astonishment, many of the British shots had rebounded harmlessly off Constitution's hull. An American sailor reportedly exclaimed "Huzzah! her sides are made of iron!" and Constitution acquired the nickname "Old Ironsides".
Puzzle was cut by unknown maker in 1920/30's from solid wood with good color line cutting and a long/round style.  Artist is Gordon Grant, a noted American artist, well-known for his maritime watercolors, and his work with the American Boy Scouts. He was born in San Francisco in 1875, and died in 1962.  His best known work is likely his watercolor of the USS Constitution.  Thanks to Wikipedia.

General Information
Artist: 
Date: 
1920/30's
Width: 
13"
Height: 
9"
Container: 
box
Material: 
plywood
Pieces Information
Pieces: 
141
Colorline: 
yes
Interlock: 
sem
Styles: 
Sale Status: 
For Sale