Thanks in part to the poem, the boat was saved from being decommissioned, and is now the oldest commissioned ship in the world still afloat.
The Boston-based poet was a member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the “Breakfast-Table” series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table(1858). He was also an important medical reformer.
Words of Wisdom for September 16, 2016
Aye tear her tattered ensign down
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon’s roar;–
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more.
— "Old Ironsides," by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.