The Constitution Grove

The Constitution Grove is a vast grove of mostly white oak trees, growing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana. The best white oak trees will be chosen to rebuild parts of the ship USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides”. The ship is the world’s oldest commissioned warship, built in 1797. Since the trees are to be used for the rebuilding of the USS Constitution, the grove was named after the ship on May 8, 1976 (the year of the United States bicentennial). The trees were too young and small to use then, but now they are fully grown and the Constitution’s rebuilding shall take place soon.
White oak trees were used to build the Constitution back in 1797, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides”, because during battle, cannonballs from the enemy were bouncing off the sides. White oak was chosen originally because it is rot-resistant. Of course, for ship-building, rot-resistant woods are the best.

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

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