U.S.S. Constitution, aka “Old Ironsides,” visits Bellingham, 1933

Old Ironsides Stamp Cover, Bellingham, WA 1933

After an extensive restoration, the U.S.S. Constitution, affectionately known as “Old Ironsides,” embarked on a three year tour of both coasts of the United States, from 1931-1934. Bellingham Washington was one of its ports of call, in July of 1933, and this “stamp cover” commemorates that event – an event that still lingers in the memories of Bellingham old timers, and stories about which are sometimes still heard at Sunday dinner, and other occasions…

U.S.S. Constitution visits Seattle, Washington, June 1933

Prior to her visit to Bellingham in July, Old Ironsides spent two weeks at the Port of Seattle. More than 200,000 Seattle residents made the trip to see the famous old vessel,including 21,000 school children.

Read about Old Ironsides’ historic visit to Seattle at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog.

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