Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Dry Dock 1
Boston Nat’l Hist Pk
—Charlestown Navy Yard —
Returning warships to sea duty in less time was a crucial gain for a young nation with a limited budget and a small navy. Costing more than $1.5 million, the dry docks here in Charlestown and Norfolk, Virginia, were the largest civil works projects the federal government had ever undertaken. They proved that the nation was prepared to use its navy to protect its overseas trade.
The first vessel to enter Dry Dock 1 for repairs was USS Constitution in 1833. Today, Dry Dock 1, a working pioneer, is preserved as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Erected by Boston National Hist Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks marker series.
Location. 42° 22.417′ N, 71° 3.358′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, near the entrance
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Serving the Fleet (a few steps from this marker); The Changing Yard (a few steps from this marker); "Old Ironsides" in Dry Dock 1 (a few steps from this marker); Charlestown Navy Yard (a few steps from this marker); Boston, the Navy Yard, and the War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Life and Work in the Navy Yard 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Boston Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Men of the Boston Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
More about this marker. The top right of the marker contains a picture of a ship on its side. It has a caption of “Careening. Without a dry dock, a ship must be careened at dockside. Careening, or ‘heaving down,’ a ship exposes only half of the hull at a time, requires major dismantling, and places great stress on a wooden hull. Occasionally, a ship would sink while being careened.”
The bottom of the marker features a number of pictures and illustrations. The first is of Laommi Baldwin (1780-1838), by Chester
Categories. • Landmarks • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,150 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on November 8, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on February 26, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 4. submitted on April 30, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.