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Navy Yard in Southeast Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of U. S. Experimental Model Basin 1898 - 1955

Founded by Rear Admiral David Watson Taylor Who Was the Director Until 1914

 
 
U.S. Experimental Model Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, June 08
1. U.S. Experimental Model Basin Marker
Inscription.  Here the Navy laid the foundations for research in ship and aircraft design with the establishment of a 470 foot towing tank in 1898 and an 8-by 8-foot closed circuit wind tunnel in 1914, both of which were first in the United States. Structural research on naval ships was begun in 1922. To those pioneers in naval science, whose work is being continued and extended at the David Taylor Model Basin built in 1939, and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics which became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, this plaque is dedicated.
 
Erected by U.S. Navy.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceNotable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 38° 52.402′ N, 76° 59.675′ W. Marker is in Southeast Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in Navy Yard. Marker is on Sicard Street Southeast south of Dahlgren Avenue Southeast. Parking is restricted on the Navy Yard during business hours. Visitors without military identification
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are required to enter the Yard via the west entrance off M Street Southeast. Drivers must obtain a visitor's pass and proceed to an authorized parking area as directed. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 736 Sicard Street Southeast, Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marine Railway - Experimental Model Basin (here, next to this marker); National Museum of the U.S. Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); Navy Department Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willard Park (about 400 feet away); Naval Historical Foundation (about 500 feet away); Washington Navy Yard Chapel (about 500 feet away); Dudley Knox Center for Naval History (about 500 feet away); Lafayette's Tour (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southeast Washington.
 
Also see . . .
1. David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, MD. Successor to the Washington Navy Yard facility. (Submitted on August 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. U.S. Navy Museum: Cold War Gallery. - the present occupant of WNY Building 70, formerly, site of the U.S. Experimental Model Basin. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
The Taylor Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, June 2008
2. The Taylor Building
(Bldg. 70)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,639 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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