174 years of Innovation at the Charlestown Navy Yard

A red hot shank of an anchor is being hoisted by men behind the anchor in the Navy Yard's Forge
Forging an anchor in Building 105, November 1965.


For 174 years, the Charlestown Navy Yard has been a site of production, a hub of innovation, and a home for some of its workers. The Ropewalk here manufactured rope for the U.S. Navy. Workers at the Chain Forge developed the die-lock chain, a chain two times stronger than the previously used chains. The Navy Yard has constantly evolved based on the needs of its workers and the U.S. Navy.

Explore this extensive history through learning about the ships the Navy Yard built, the buildings of the Yard, and the people who worked and served here.


Ships Built at the Yard


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