“A state of perfect chaos”
William Bainbridge 1812
The Navy Yard in the War of 1812
When Captain William Bainbridge took command of the Navy Yard in April 1812, he founded little but a tract of marshy land and nine buildings in disrepair. Only 12 years old, the yard still had no deep water wharf for ships or adequate storage for supplies. A state-owned magazine miles away housed the Navy's gunpowder.
Bainbridge repeatedly tried to improve the Yard's facilities, but the Navy Department did not have the funds. In 1813, workers erected a new brick storehouse and blacksmith shop, and in 1814 and enormous shed or "shiphouse" covered the ship of the line under construction.
Despite these improvements, many years passed before the Yard assumed the character of the industrial complex seen today.
Erected by USS Constitution Museum- Boston National Historical Charleston Navy Yard- National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 42° 22.37′ N, 71° 3.449′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on 1st Ave.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gate One, Charlestown Navy Yard (a few steps from this marker); Charlestown Navy Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Constitution (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Revere’s Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Revere (within shouting distance of this marker); Tudor Wharves (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Bunker Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commander Barry Carle (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.