She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878.
Constitution was retired from active service in 1881 and served as a receiving ship, until being designated a museum ship in 1907. Traditionally, command of the vessel is assigned to a Navy commander.
The American government paid a restitution of ,000 to Great Britain. Nicholson reported to Commodore John Barry, who was flying his flag in United States near the island of Dominica for patrols in the West Indies.
Joshua Humphreys' design was unusual for the time, being long on keel and narrow of beam (width) and mounting very heavy guns.
The design called for a diagonal scantling (rib) scheme intended to restrict hogging while giving the ships extremely heavy planking.
She put to sea on the evening of 22 July 1798 with orders to patrol the Eastern seaboard between New Hampshire and New York.
She was patrolling between Chesapeake Bay and Savannah, Georgia a month later when Nicholson found his first opportunity for capturing a prize.