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Rot Keeping Constellation Away From Inner Harbor

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Rot found in the hull of the Constellation will keep the historic warship away from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor longer than planned.

The Constellation and the submarine Torsk were towed from the touristy Inner Harbor last month for repairs, marking the first time both have been out of the water since the late 1990s.

Chris Rowsom, executive director of Historic Ships in Baltimore, says the ships were expected to be away for a month, but repairs on the Constellation are now expected to take another one to two weeks.

The warship is expected to need more extensive repairs in two or three years that could take it from the Inner Harbor for up to six months.

Rowsom says the damage has been attributed to rainwater seeping into the hull from gun ports.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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