Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Aye, Aye Captain

Weston and Pete took an adventure this weekend to Charlestown, Massachusetts where the oldest commissioned warship sits afloat in the Boston Naval Yard.

Charlestown is a neighborhood of Boston that has a very unusual and incongruous history.

In the 60's through 90's it was known for its Irish Mob presence when the McLaughlin brothers feuded with Sommerville's Winter Hill Gang in which one of the FBI's most wanted criminals, Whitey Bulger was a member.

It is also however, the location of many historical landmarks. The Bunker Hill Monument resides in Charlestown as well as the northern end of the Freedom Trail. Surprising enough, it is the starting location of Paul Revere's most infamous ride.

It is also the location of the USS Constitution.

For those of you interested in a little history....

Following the American Revolution, the United States' Continental Navy disbanded, leaving the new nation without a credible seapower to defend its interests abroad. Signed into law in 1794 by President George Washington, the Naval Armament Act called for the construction of six frigates, to be built at shipyards along the eastern seaboard. The 44-gun USS CONSTITUTION, built in Boston, was launched on Oct. 21, 1797.

 At the outset of the War of 1812, USS CONSTITUTION had already won all of her engagements in two wars. During the War of 1812, to the surprise of both the Americans and the British, she defeated four English warships, earning each of her three captains a congressional gold medal. Upon returning to Boston from each victory at sea, the ship and her sailors were honored with parades and public adoration, and her legend grew into the national icon that “Old Ironsides” remains to this day.

For more information, you can check out their website by clicking here.

For a very cool interactive website, click here.