BOSTON (AP) —
Nearly three dozen white oak trees have been harvested in Indiana in
preparation of planned repairs to the Boston-based U.S.S. Constitution.
The 35 white oaks
harvested at a naval facility in Crane, Ind., will be used to replace
deteriorated hull planking and supporting structures called "knees" on Old
Ironsides. The dry-docking and repair is planned to take through 2018.
The white oak
matches the warship's original construction material.
About 12 percent
of U.S.S. Constitution's wood is original. The ship's caretaker says the
keel, the bottom frames, and the bottom 13 planks of the hull have never
had to be replaced.
was built in 1797. It is the world's oldest commissioned warship still