Navy Yard Dry Dock Works

Full-Screen-enlargeView east, Navy Yard dry dock works, Naval Hospital in the background.

It is today the smallest dry dock at the Navy Yard and is mainly used for tugboats, but at the time it went into full service in 1851, it was regarded as a milestone of 19th Century engineering. It was named a New York City landmark in 1975.

Known as Dry Dock No. 1, The Navy Yard’s 307-foot dock was under construction for almost ten years. It boasted the world’s first all-metal cofferdam, with a 68-foot entrance and a maximum depth of 26 feet – completely adequate for the repair, construction, or routine bottom cleaning of the largest warships of the time.

This image likely depicts the year’s Independence Day celebrations.

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The Illustrated London News


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