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Maine Native Takes Command of Historic Ship
07/26/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

A Hampden, Maine native has assumed command of the USS Constitution, the wooden-hulled three-masted frigate that is the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the Boston Navy Yard. Cmdr. Sean Kearns took the helm in a formal ceremony in Boston this morning. In an interview with Cmdr. Kearns, Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter asks him how he feels about becoming the 73rd commander of such an historic vessel.

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Cmdr. Sean Kearns, right, assumes command of USS Constitution from Cmdr. Matt Bonner.

Cmdr. Sean Kearns - a native of Hampden, Maine - is the new commander of the USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," with is still afloat in Boston harbor, and still serving after more than 215 years. Cmdr. Kearns speaks with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.


The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship, in Boston Harbor.

Photo of Cmdr Kearns: courtesy of U.S. Navy.



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