To Catch a Thief:

Constellation Fights the Slave Trade

Constellation's proudest service may have occurred during the three years immediately before the Civil War when, as flagship of the navy's African Squadron, she led this nation's fight against the trans-Atlantic trafficking of slaves.  Today, little is said or written about those times, and even less is known, but they and this ship were important parts of the struggle against slavery that would eventually overwhelm the nation and, ultimately, free a people.   

Tour and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation's active career combating the slave trade and her exciting pursuit and capture of the slave ship Cora from which she rescued 705 captive Africans.  To Catch a Thief is available for groups with reservations.*

*In honor of Black History Month, the To Catch a Thief tour will be held at 1:00 PM every Saturday in February.  This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission.┬áNo reservations are required.

To arrange your group experience contact:

Amy Ferguson
Historic Ships in Baltimore
Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3110

tel: 410-396-3453
e-mail: aferguson@historicships.org