Boston Naval Shipyard

  • Also Known As: Boston Navy Shipyard
  • Originally: Charlestown Navy Yard

  • Address: 1 Constitution Rd
  • Vicinity: Charlestown Navy Shipyard
  • Neighborhood of Charlestown in Boston
  • Phone: (617) 242-5601
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Established in 1800, Charlestown Navy Yard served the fleet with distinction--especially proving its worth in each of the nation's wars--until its closing in 1974. The men and women of its workforce built more than 200 warships and maintained and repaired thousands. From its inception the yard was in the forefront of shipyard technology, from building the Navy's only ropewalk to making itself a center of missile and electronics conversions. In its 174-year history, Charlestown Navy Yard played an important role in the birth, growth, and continued effectiveness of the U.S. Navy. When the Charlestown Navy Yard closed in 1974 after nearly 175 years of serving the fleet, 30 acres became part of Boston National Historical Park. The National Park Service now maintains an important part of the ship yard, and as part of the Park Service's interpretive program, USS Constitution, in connection with the United States Navy, and USS Cassin Young are preserved as representatives of the kinds of vessels built in this yard. Together they represent a 200-year-old tradition of building fine ships for the Navy. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Alexander Parris Architect
1800/00/00 Boston Naval Shipwrights
1812/04/27 Dr Charles Cotton Military Charles Cotton is transferred to the Boston Navy Yard.
1824/08/27 Marquis de Lafayette Nation's Guest Commodore Bainbridge host Gilbert du Motier and company at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America


USS CASSIN YOUNG (destroyer)

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Particulars for Boston Naval Shipyard:
Cultural Affiliation American Military
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Engineering
Owner Federal
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Industry
Criteria Information Potential
Area of Significance Invention
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Naval Facility
Owner Private
Area of Significance Transportation
Historic Use Water-related

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000134
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, Federal
Architect: Parris,Alexander,et al.; Multiple
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Industry, Transportation, Historic and non-aboriginal, Military, Engineering, Architecture, Invention
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Information Potential
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Cultural Affiliation: American,military
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1800
Historic Function: Transportation, Industry, processing, extraction, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Naval facility, Water-related, Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Defense, Transportation, Landscape, Industry, processing, extraction
Current Sub-Function: Naval facility Park Water-related Manufacturing facility

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