"At sundown Old Glory is lowered aboard ship by the active duty Navy crew assigned to the U.S.S. Constitution. True to the ship's restoration of her 1812 form, the flag bears 15 stars and 15 stripes. During the War of 1812 a dozen enemy vessels lowered their own ensigns in surrender to her."
—From "Restoring Old Ironsides," June 1997, National Geographic magazine