"Old Ironsides" the fighting Constitution written by Harry Hansen and illustrated by Walter Buehr. Random House, copyright date 1955.
"Hurrah! Her sides are made of iron!" shouted an American seaman as one cannon ball after another struck a side of the U.S.S. Constitution and bounced off into the sea. That was during the War of 1812 in the battle with the British ship Guerriere. But ever since, Americans have used the name Old Ironsides for their most famous and best loved ship. Those who saw her launched at Boston in 1797 were filled with pride in their struggling new nation and its tiny navy. With her 44 guns mounted and with flags flying, the great three-masted, square-rigged, fighting ship sailed forth to a long life of victory and renown."
In "Old Ironsides" Harry Hansen has told the life story of the proud ship that Americans honor above all others.
180 page hard cover book in good condition with no rips, tears, dog eared pages or writing. The dust jacket has some shelf wear. Please refer to the pictures for more detail.