“Old Ironsides” back open for summer tours

The USS Constitution takes a final tour of Boston Harbor in Boston before entering dry dock for a three-year restoration project, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, is set to depart from its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard with about 500 specially-invited guests Friday morning. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat, has reopened for expanded summer hours.

The ship is now open to visitors for free between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Guided tours, narrated by active U.S. Navy sailors, are now offered every half hour from opening time until 5:30 p.m.

Guided tours take visitors through the ship’s top two decks. The top deck is also open to visitors who don’t take a guided tour.

Known as “Old Ironsides,” the ship defended sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The ship and its museum are housed in the Navy Yard of Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood.

The ship returned to expanded hours on April 15.

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