Buddy is at the wheel of the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, launched in 1797. It still has active sailors and marines on board as ambassadors to the public. To tour it required security searches and valid passport ID.
"Old Ironsides" as it's also known sits in water in the Charlestown Navy Yard at 1 Constitution Road, just up the road from our hotel. It's closeness made it our first stop of the many historic sites that followed, all captivating our curiosity and delight.