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Property Name Storehouse #2. U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base
Reference Number 13000026
State New York
County Kings
Town Brooklyn
Street Address 850 Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/20/2013
Areas of Significance MILITARY HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000026.pdf
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Storehouse #2 is significant under Criterion A in the area of military history for its association with the former U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base, which was one of two purpose-built, intermodal supply storage complexes commissioned by the U.S. Navy under the Preparedness Act of August 29,1916. Once encompassing a complex that included two main storehouses, a steam plant, other assorted warehouses and storehouses, an internal railroad system and railyard, a Marine barracks, an office, assorted sheds' two piers, and two float bridges along the Gowanus Bay waterfront, the U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base was planned and designed to capitalize on the freight potential afforded by water, rail, and truck. This freight potential would in turn facilitate the transport, storage, and disbursement of supplies for the Third Naval District, whose location, together with other U.S. military port operations in New York Harbor, constituted the most important area of embarkation in the United States for cargo and troop ships bound for Europe during World War I.

 

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