Announcement of Launch of USS Constitution
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BOSTON, September 18, 1797.
The Conﬅruc͡tor, having extended to his fellow-citizens all reaſonable gratiﬁcation
of their laudable curioſity, during the progreſs of the building, believes he may,
with propriety, make the following requeﬅ and ſuggeﬅions, on the operation of launch-
ing the frigate CONSTITUTION.
That (excepting the Preſident of the United States, the Governor, Lieut. Governor,
and their reſpec͡tive ſuites, and others ſpecially admitted, who will, comparitively, be
very few) no perſon will attempt, in any way, to paſs into the limits of the Navy Yard.
The reaſon of this requeﬅ is obviouſly to prevent interruption or confuſion, which
might be injurious, or ruinous, to the ac͡t of launching, which will be critical, under
the moﬅ favorable circumﬅances, and indeſpenſably requiring perfec͡t ſilence and obe-
dience to orders. Independent of this concluſive reaſon, the danger of encroaching ſpec-
tators would be imminent, from the occaſional and abrupt falling of bodies, uſed in the
conﬅruc͡tion of the ſhip—a conformity therefore, to this requeﬅ, is earneﬅly ſolicited.
It is ſuggeﬅed, as the tide will be full, that it would be neceſſary to the ſafety of the
ſpec͡tators, particularly women and children, that they do not approach in crowds
too near the margin of the contiguous wharves, as the ſudden entrance of ſo large a bo-
dy as the Frigate, will occasion an inﬅantaneous ſwell of the water, the height of which
cannot be eaſily calculated, and againﬅ which, therefore, the diſcretion of the people
ought amply to guard.
It is to be regretted, in this inﬅance, that the Yard, and the places around it, are too
contrac͡ted for an occaſion, which will probably excite ſo much deſire, and in which all
the citizens have ſo much intereﬅ; it is therefore ſubmitted to thoſe, who can conven-
iently make the arrangement, to place themſelves in veſſels, or water crafts, at due diſ-
tances, upon the proﬁle or ſides of the Frigate, but by no means too near, either in a
right line, or otherwiſe, as the direc͡tion may be uncertain, nor to load open boats too
deeply, as the agitation of the water, even at a conſiderable diﬅance, may be ſomewhat
It is alſo recommended, to thoſe who erec͡t ﬅages to accomodate ſpec͡tators, that they
have them well ſecured, in every reſpec͡t, as the loſs of life of a ſingle citizen, would mar
the ſatisfac͡tion and pleaſure that the Conﬅruc͡tor otherwiſe would enjoy, of building,
and conduc͡ting into the ocean, a POWERFUL AGENT OF NATIONAL JUSTICE, which
hope dic͡tates may become the juﬅ pride and ornament of the American name.