Constitution's decks are smooth, white and spotlessly clean. Keeping them that way is the seamens' most unpopular chore. They do it by scrubbing the planks with "holystones" great slabs of gritty rock. Smaller "prayer books" clean the tight corners. Sprinkling the deck with salt water and coarse sand helps smooth the timbers. However, it also makes the task more unpleasant: the sailors must kneel on the wet grit with their pants rolled up.
Encourage your students to explore the scenes of Explore Old Ironsides for a specific pup – find Guerriere the Terrier in 11 places throughout the Ship. For an arts and crafts activity, you can download an image of Guerriere the Terrier, and learn about his life aboard Constitution. Go exploring with him as a class or individually to all your favorite places. Take a photo with Guerriere wherever you go, like on class field trips. Create his travel log with your students. Don’t forget to photograph him on his travels and post them on Guerriere’s Facebook page. Where in the world has Guerriere the Terrier been?
Watch this video of the building of a capstan from HMS Victory, and learn more about how a capstan was built on this Ship Modeling site, and about the purpose of a capstan on large ships like Victory and Constitution. Can your students think of activities in their classroom that require everyone to help?