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New York Navy Yard

Type   Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Brooklyn, New York, United States

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ww2dbaseThe New York Navy Yard was located at Wallabout Bay in Brooklyn, New York, United States, across the East River from Manhattan. It is unofficially and commonly referred to as "Brooklyn Navy Yard". Prior to it having been established a military shipyard, the site had already hosted merchant ship building activities prior to the American Revolutionary War. The US federal government purchased the old docks and 160,000 square meters (40 acres) of land for USD $40,000 in 1801. In 1806, the property was transferred under the control of the US Navy. The first major warship launched at New York Navy Yard was USS Ohio, in 1820. By the mid-1800s, it had become the city's largest employer.

ww2dbaseIn 1937, around the time of the start of global hostilities, New York Navy Yard covered a site 810,000 square meters (200 acres) in area. It contained four dry docks ranging in length from 99 to 213 meters (326 to 700 feet), two large steel shipways, and six pontoons and cylindrical floats for salvage work, a power plant, a hospital, a large radio station, a railway spur, foundaries, machine shops, and other shipbuilding and military facilities. It also had housing facilities for US Navy and US Marine Corps personnel. It had about 10,000 workers on its payroll. After the American entry into the war in Dec 1941, the shipyard launched two modern battle wagons, battleship USS Iowa in 1942 and battleship USS Missouri in 1944. It saw its greatest employment in late 1944, with a head count more than 71,000 people, working around the clock. Many of these workers were women, working at stations traditionally seen as domains for men. Between 1941 and 1945, pedestrian walkways on the Williamsburg Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge were encased to prevent espionage, as these walkways provided overhead views into the shipyard. WW2-era commanding officers of New York Navy Yard were Rear Admiral Harris Laning (until Oct 1937), Rear Admiral Clark Woodward (until Mar 1941), Rear Admiral Edward Marquart (until Jun 1943, Rear Admiral Monroe Kelly (until Dec 1944), and Rear Admiral Freeland Daubin (until Nov 1945).

ww2dbaseNew York Navy Yard continued operations after WW2. In 1952, US Navy's first angled deck aircraft carrier USS Antietam was launched there. In 1964, it was announced the shipyard was to be closed for money saving purposes. At this time, it had employed 10,600 civilian workers and 100 military personnel. The closure was anticipated to save about USD $18,100,000 annually. The shipyard was decommissioned from service in 1966. Between 1967 and 1979, four very large crude carriers, eight barges, and one ice-breaker barge were launched from this location; no ships had been built at this site since that time. In 2014, the entire site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. Quarters A, the former commanding officer's quarters, was made a National Historic Landmark. Several other buildings were made New York City Landmarks. Today, the firm GMD Shipyard Corporation operates the dry docks for ship repairing services.

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Ships Constructed at New York Navy Yard

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Helena (St. Louis-class)MissouriNorth Carolina


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New York Navy Yard Timeline

18 Mar 1031 Rear Admiral William W. Phelps was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Jun 1806 Lieutenant Jonathan Thorn was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
13 Jul 1807 Captain Isaac Chauncey was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
16 May 1813 Captain Samuel Evans was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
2 Jun 1824 Commander George W. Rodgers was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
21 Dec 1824 Captain Isaac Chauncey was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
10 Jun 1833 Captain Charles G. Ridgeley was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
19 Nov 1839 Captain James Renshaw was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
12 Jun 1841 Captain Matthew C. Perry was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
15 Jul 1843 Captain Silas H. Stringham was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Oct 1846 Captain Isaac McKeever was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Oct 1849 Captain William D. Salter was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
14 Oct 1852 Captain Charles Boardman was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Oct 1855 Captain Abraham Bigelow was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
8 Jun 1857 Captain Lawrence Kearny was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Nov 1858 Captain Samuel L. Breese was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
25 Oct 1861 Captain Hiram Paulding was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 May 1865 Commodore Charles H. Bell was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 May 1868 Rear Admiral Sylvanus W. Godon was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
15 Oct 1870 Rear Admiral Melancton Smith was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Jun 1872 Vice Admiral Stephen Clegg Rowan was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Sep 1876 Commodore James W. Nicholson was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 May 1880 Commodore George H. Cooper was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Apr 1882 Commodore John H. Upshur was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
31 Mar 1884 Commodore Thomas S. Fillebrown was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
31 Dec 1884 Commodore Ralph Chandler was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
15 Oct 1886 Commodore Bancroft Gherardi was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
15 Feb 1889 Captain Francis M. Ramsay was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
14 Nov 1889 Rear Admiral Daniel L. Braine was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
20 May 1891 Commodore Henry Erben was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Jun 1893 Rear Admiral Bancroft Gherardi was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
22 Nov 1894 Commodore Montgomery Sicard was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 May 1897 Commodore Francis M. Bunce was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
14 Jan 1899 Commodore John Woodward Philip was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
17 Jul 1900 Rear Admiral Albert S. Barker was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Apr 1903 Rear Admiral Frederick Rodgers was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
3 Oct 1904 Rear Admiral Joseph B. Coghlan was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Jun 1907 Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
15 May 1909 Captain Joseph B. Murdock was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
21 Mar 1910 Captain Lewis Sayre Van Duzer was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Jul 1910 Rear Admiral Eugene H. C. Leutze was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
6 Jun 1912 Captain Albert Gleaves was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
28 Sep 1914 Rear Admiral Nathaniel R. Usher was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
14 Oct 1915 The keel of battleship California (later New Mexico) was laid down at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
13 Apr 1917 The battleship New Mexico was launched at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, sponsored by Margaret De Baca, daughter of a former governor of the state of New Mexico.
25 Feb 1918 Rear Admiral John D. McDonald was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
6 Jan 1920 USS Arizona departed New York Navy Yard, New York, United States for Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
1 Jul 1921 Rear Admiral Carl T. Vogelgesang was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
27 Nov 1922 Rear Admiral Charles P. Plunkett was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
16 Feb 1928 Captain Frank Lyon was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
2 Jul 1928 Rear Admiral Louis R. de Steiguer was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
30 Jun 1933 Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr. was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
9 Mar 1936 Captain Frederick L. Oliver was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
20 Apr 1936 Rear Admiral Harris L. Laning was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
9 Dec 1936 The keel of Helena was laid down at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
1 Oct 1937 Rear Admiral Clark H. Woodward was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
27 Oct 1937 The keel of US battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) was laid down at New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
27 Aug 1939 Helena was launched at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, sponsored by Ms. Elinor Carlyle Gudger, granddaughter of Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, United States.
13 Jun 1940 The battleship USS North Carolina was launched at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
2 Jun 1941 Rear Admiral Edward J. Marquart was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
4 May 1942 USS Marblehead arrived at New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States to repair damages sustained during the Battle of Makassar Strait.
15 Oct 1942 USS Marble completed her repairs New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States and departed for South America.
2 Jun 1943 Rear Admiral Monroe R. Kelly was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
28 Apr 1944 USS Franklin entered New York Navy Yard, New York, United States for repairs.
5 Dec 1944 Rear Admiral Freeland A. Daubin was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
30 Oct 1945 USS Wasp arrived at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, where she would receive minor conversion work to accommodate 400 officer and 5,000 men.
15 Nov 1945 USS Wasp departed New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
23 Jan 1946 USS Ancon arrived at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States for deactivation work.
25 Feb 1946 USS Ancon was decommissioned from service at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
19 Nov 1964 The closure of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States by 1966 was announced.

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US Coast Guard cutter John C. Spencer departing on her maiden voyage to US Territory of Alaska from New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 19 May 1937USS Oregon in drydock at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, Sep 1898
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WW2-Era Place Name Brooklyn, New York, United States
Lat/Long 40.7000, -73.9700
New York Navy Yard Photo Gallery
US Coast Guard cutter John C. Spencer departing on her maiden voyage to US Territory of Alaska from New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 19 May 1937USS Oregon in drydock at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, Sep 1898
See all 85 photographs of New York Navy Yard


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