19 Haunting Facts Behind The USS Constitution, America’s Most Important Warship

Published November 11, 2015
Updated November 9, 2023

From her battles with pirates to the ghosts that walk her deck, these are the most amazing USS Constitution facts.

During the War of 1812, the United States’ small and relatively new navy was taking a major beating at the hands of the powerful British. The U.S. needed a victory, and the USS Constitution would help provide one.

In August 1812, she met head on with Britain’s HMS Guerriere and astonished sailors on both sides with her resilience. When British cannonballs bounced off the Constitution‘s hull, one British sailor was said to have exclaimed “Her sides are made of iron!” From there, it was more wartime heroics, battles with pirates, and the most venerated career of any U.S. warship.

The Constitution quickly gained mythical status, and–like so many other revered relics–it also soon gained a reputation for being haunted. It’s no surprise then that Syfy’s Ghost Hunters recently ventured inside this fabled ship, whose story is woven into the very fabric of American history. In the words of Ghost Hunter Dustin Pari: “Knowing the history of this ship lends to the sensation of walking amongst the ghosts of our American history.”

Walk amongst the ghosts yourselves with these unbelievable USS Constitution facts and photos:

Interesting USS Constitution Facts
First Picture Of The USS Constitution
Old Ironsides Nickname
Constitution In Harbor
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The Ghost Hunters investigation of the USS Constitution, "Rockets Red Scare," premieres Wednesday, November 11 at 9/8c on Syfy (check out a sneak peak below). Find more info at the official Ghost Hunters page or on their Twitter feed.



Prepare to be scared with more haunted sites and ghost-filled locales, including a trip inside the real-life Shining hotel.

Nickolaus Hines
Nickolaus Hines graduated with a Bachelor's in journalism from Auburn University, and his writing has appeared in Men's Journal, Inverse, and VinePair.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Hines, Nickolaus. "19 Haunting Facts Behind The USS Constitution, America’s Most Important Warship." AllThatsInteresting.com, November 11, 2015, https://allthatsinteresting.com/uss-constitution-facts. Accessed June 16, 2024.