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Samuel B
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    That’s because United States had a bad launch and actually hit the bottom of the harbor. It distorted her keel and it was never fully fixed.

    The other two “44s” did not experience these issues. The Constitution escaped several chases during its career and was an effective commerce raider. The President was also rated as exceptionally fast. The primary reason being their hulls were relatively long compared to their beam