The National Tour of the USS Constitution 1931 – 1934

To Thank the Children and Patriotic Citizens

ISBN: 978-1-7923-0153-7
By: Parker, Phillip K., et al.


On July 2, 1931, the venerable United States Frigate Constitution left Boston on a three-year, goodwill tour that would make 90 stops, including 76 United States ports, cover 22,000 miles and entertain more than 4.6 million visitors to the ship. After completing a six-year restoration, financed in part by the pennies, nickels and dimes of school children, Secretary of the Navy Charles F. Adams started the tour with an invitation to those children and the rest of the nation.


Phillip K. Parker

Phillip Parker was raised in Bozeman, Montana, and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from Senator Mike Mansfield. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1971 and served aboard USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641) as an engineering division officer and at the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, New York, as an instructor and section leader. Following his Naval service he earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University and worked in that field in the Washington, D.C. area, including more than 30 years supporting NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center through Orbital-ATK. He supported several missions at Goddard, including the Hubble Space Telescope, Earth Observing System, AQUA, TERRA and James Webb Space Telescope. He is retired and lives in Billings, Montana.