Story Number: NNS140203-04Release Date: 2/3/2014 11:46:00 AM
From USS Constitution Public Affairs
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution officially opened the lottery for its 2014 Independence Day turnaround cruise, Feb. 3.
The lottery will select 150 winners from the general public to ride aboard Constitution for its annual Fourth of July cruise in Boston Harbor. This year's cruise is scheduled to be the ship's final Independence Day voyage until 2018, as 'Old Ironsides' is scheduled to enter a Charlestown Navy Yard dry dock availability in early 2015 for restorations and repairs.
The July 4 turnaround cruise celebrates the nation's birthday by firing from Constitution's saluting batteries a 21-gun salute exchange with Fort Independence located on Castle Island. The voyage is about 4.5 miles total and lasts approximately three hours.
Each winner will be allowed to bring one guest. All guests must be between the ages of eight and 70 years old and be physically able to travel up and down steep ladder wells and stand for prolonged periods of time in weather that may consist of high temperatures or rain. Entries must be made by completing the entry form on Constitution's official website and returning it by e-mail or standard mail.
All lottery entries must be received by noon on April 15, with the drawing scheduled for April 30. Lottery entries are limited to one per household, and winners will be notified by e-mail and standard mail.
USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston's Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.
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