A wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate, the USS Constitution - produced to counter the threat to American merchant shipping - was launched in 1797. Famous for its service during the War of 1812, where it defeated four British ships, it received the nickname "Old Ironsides" when cannon balls appeared to bounce off its hull during a battle with the HMS Guerriere. This print captures the USS Constitution patrolling the Mediterranean in 1803, protecting American merchant ships with Captain Edward Preble at the helm. Signed by the artist. 24"x 16".