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Charlestown in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Changing Yard

 
 
The Changing Yard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2012
1. The Changing Yard Marker
Inscription. In its first years, the navy yard consisted of a small dock and several wooden storehouses, surrounded by mud flats and rolling pastures. In 1812, the commandant noted: "the establishment...afforded no advantage or facility for naval purposes... a few temporary wooden buildings were all it contained, except the commandant's house and the Marine barracks - unenclosed, it was even exposed to the inroads of cattle from the highway."

The navy yard soon changed, keeping pace with the country's growth and power. Two imposing "shiphouses," 210 feet long and six stories high, sheltered new 74-gun "ship of the line." timber sheds, a mast house, a ropewalk, sail lofts, and wharves crowded the yard.

Steam, and later electricity, further transformed the yard. Machine shops, a forge, and foundries now served a navy made of steel. Hemmed in by river and town, the yard pushed into the harbor with piers, railways, and cranes.
 
Erected by Boston National Historical Park Charleston Navy Yard -National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 42° 22.422′ N, 71° 3.352′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on 1st Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlestown MA 02129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

USS Constitution Museum image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2012
2. USS Constitution Museum
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Old Ironsides" in Dry Dock 1 (here, next to this marker); Serving the Fleet (here, next to this marker); Dry Dock 1 (a few steps from this marker); Charlestown Navy Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); Boston, the Navy Yard, and the War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yard as Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Working in the Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); Life and Work in the Navy Yard 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charlestown.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWar of 1812
 
Serving the Fleet Marker-Dry Dock I-Old Iron Side in Dry Dock I-Changing the Yard Markers These mark image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2012
3. Serving the Fleet Marker-Dry Dock I-Old Iron Side in Dry Dock I-Changing the Yard Markers These mark
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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