USS Constellation was last dry docked for repairs to the ship's laminated hull planking at the US Coast Guard Yard over the winter of 2014-15. Over 4,000 square feet of the ship's underwater hull body was replaced.
The next dry docking, scheduled for the fall of 2022, will address the ship's remaining original hull planking which is leaking badly at a rate of over 1,500 gallons per hour. While the issue is very much under control and the ship is equipped with pumps to handle this amount of water entering the hull, it is not a sustainable situation.
The ship will be dry docked at the Sparrows Point Shipyard, now owned by Trade Point Atlantic and be in the large graving dock there for approximately 3 months. During that time, the ship's remaining original hull planking, over 6,200 linear feet of seam, will be caulked in the traditional method using cotton and oakum, then sealed with seam compound.
In addition to caulking the hull planking, work will be performed on the ship's bow section and spar deck. Repairs will be made to the ship's main and fore tops'l yards, and the ship's spanker gaff and mizzen lower yard will be replaced. The ship's 200 tons of pig iron ballast will be removed from the hold, cleaned and sealed, and the ship bilges and frame bays will be cleaned. The ships topsides will be surveyed and any deteriorated areas of the laminated hull will be repaired.
All of the above items, and many smaller projects will, when complete, insure that the ship is ready to take on the forces of nature as she floats at her berth for the next 20-30 years.
The project's total budget is: $3,000,000
Funds raised so far total: $2,795,000
- $2.5MM State Bond Grant
- $200,000 Baltimore City Cultural Capital Project Grant
- $95,000 Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant
Funding remaining to be raised to meet the budget goal: $205,000
How to Support:
Historic Ships in Baltimore is now working to raise the funding needed to match these awards and preserve USS Constellation. All donations are greatly appreciated and will be used directly for the dry docking and preservation of the ship.