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How did the constitution start?

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July 06, 2007 1:27PM

If the question is in reference to the USS Constitution, the vessel was commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1794 as part of the following: The Constitution was one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and was launched in 1797. Joshua Humphreys designed them to be the Navy's capital ships and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed than the standard frigates of the period. Named after the United States Constitution, she is the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world, and is still in service in the US Navy.