USS Constitution

Charlestown Navy Yard

America's greatest ship was commanded in the War of 1812 by Commodore Charles Stewart, who was the grandfather of Ireland's famous Home Rule leader, Charles Stuart Parnell, and poet Fanny Parnell. Of the many Irish sailors served on the Constitution, Daniel Hogan was perhaps the most famous. During a heated battle with the British frigate Guerriere, the American flag was shot from the masthead. Hogan climbed the rigging and amid gunfire he tied the flag back in place, so the battle could continue. The US Navy named a ship, the USS Hogan, in his honor.

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