ISSUE NUMBER 14

HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
HISTORICAL MINIATURES JOURNAL

MARCH 2012

HISTORICAL MINIATURES JOURNAL ISSUE NUMBER 14

PUBLISHED BY GEORGE GRASSE

PHOTO TOUR OF THE CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD, BOSTON

By George Grasse

 

Map: This image is taken from the Charlestown Navy Yard pamphlet produced by the Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts.  It shows the National Park boundary in green and includes Dry Dock 1 where the USS Cassin Young is now exhibited, the USS Constitution, Commandant's House, Marine Barracks, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Visitor Center.  Our access was via the Harbor Tours boat dock at the center of this image. 

 

#1: This is the view of the Charlestown Navy Yard as the Harbor Tour boat arrives.  The USS Constitution is quite visible but you have to look carefully for the USS Cassin Young which is in the dry dock between the Bunker Hill Monument on the left and one of the shipyard cranes on the right.  The park's map shows the destroyer tied up opposite the USS Constitution.

 

#2: Nice classic view of the fully-rigged and restored frigate, USS Constitution.

 

#3: Cluttered view of the navy yard, probably even more so during late-World War II which is when the USS Cassin Young, DD-793, operated in the Pacific Theater. 

 

#4: Reminiscent of Star Wars, shipyard cranes were necessary in modern times to remove/install ship engines, turrets, and super-structure components.

 

#5: Shipyard history stored outdoors.  The cannons are believed to have been removed years ago from American Civil War era harbor fortifications. 

 

#6: An example of harbor anti-aircraft artillery defense weapons.

 

#7:  On Deck! the U. S. S. Constitution.  Starboard Carronade Battery

 

#8: Amid ship station.

 

#9: Portside Battery

 

#10:  DD 793 U. S. S. Cassin Young, veteran of the battles of Leyte Gulf and Okinawa.

 

#11: DD 793 U. S. S. Cassin Young Forward 5-inch Battery command center/

 

#12: DD 793 U. S. S. Cassin Young amidships Torpedo Battery with aft 5-inch gun battery to the right.

 

#13: DD 793 U. S. S. Cassin Young quad 40mm anti-aircraft mount

 

#14: Getting to the Boston Navy Yard by Trolley #15: Getting to the Boston Navy Yard by Harbor Cruise
 

 

I TOOK THESE PHOTOS IN SEPTEMBER 2011

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REFERENCE

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts, National Park Service, U. S. Deportment of the Interior.  Contact information is: Charlestown Navy Yard,  Boston, MA 02129, (617) 242-5601, website: www.nps.gov/bost

 

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