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  1. Tsz Liu

    At first I thought navy yard is a military base so it is surprising to be they build ships at there. I didn’t know how ships are built so it is a good experiences to know how they are built. How the ship come in from the door (?), then close the door and fill the space up with water. And how there are bacterias that eat the wood.

  2. bahaa judeh

    Here are some interesting facts that you may not have heard about the Brooklyn Navy Yard:
    1. USS Connecticut Was Built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
    Standing out among a number of other ships built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the USS Connecticut is noteworthy because it served as President Theodore Roosevelt’s flagship for the Great White Fleet. To showcase the U.S. Navy’s powerful fleet and to assert the country as a global power, 26 vessels embarked on a two-year journey, which circumnavigated the globe. It took off on December 16, 1907 and sailed until February 22, 1909 !

    2. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Employed Some of the First Women in the U.S. Navy
    The Brooklyn Navy Yard has historically relied on an extensive workforce, particularly during periods of war time. The Brooklyn Naval Hospital, which was active during the Civil War, employed some of the first female nurses and medical students in the United States Navy. Moreover, when the workforce exploded in size to 70,000 employees during World War II, women were hired at the yard for the first time as mechanics and technicians.

    3. Ether was Invented at the Naval Hospital
    The Brooklyn Navy Yard Naval Hospital (or the Naval Annex), once one of the oldest naval hospitals in the U.S., was built from 1830 to 1838, and decommissioned in the 1970’s. It was at this site that naval surgeon DR. E.R. Squibb developed the first aesthetic ethers for use in surgery. He would later go on to establish his own pharmaceutical company outside the Yard in 1857, which provided medical supplies for the Union Army during the Civil War.

    4. There Was a Cemetery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
    More than 2,000 military service members and their families were once buried at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery, established in 1831. The site closed in 1910, and the remains were consequently reinterred at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn. However, during a field investigation in 1997, additional remains were discovered and later preserved at the location. Although the cemetery was put out of commission, the landscape recently opened to the public for the first time in 90 years, functioning as an accessible green space.

    5. The First Undersea Cable Was Laid by a Yard-Built Ship
    In 1858, the USS Niagara, a navy-yard built ship, sailed from from New York to meet the British HMS Agamemnon in order to lay the first transatlantic undersea telegraph cable. Working together, they each spliced their cable ends and sailed toward their home continent. Following the expedition, Queen Victoria successfully transmitted her first Morse code message to the United States on August 5th.


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