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Re: "Paul Jones!" "Boston Beans!"

Don Seltzer

On Sun Apr 9, The Last of the True French Short Bastards wrote
>USS Constitution is back in the water after a couple of years in drydock for repairs. I wonder how much of it, if any, is left of the original ship? Presumably not much can happen to the beams or knees, since they're out of the weather and don't support much weight any more.

>'Old Ironsides' to return after restoration

Still high and dry.  I think that the return to the water is scheduled for July.

Those associated with the Constitution usually specify about 10%-15% original wood. This is primarily the keel and I believe some of the lower futtocks.  All of the planking and almost everything above the waterline has been replaced numerous times.

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