Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, where USS Constitution currently sits undergoing repairs, was considered an engineering marvel when it opened in 1833. Designed and constructed by Loammi Baldwin, Jr., the dock was officially named an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1977 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Forty-three years after it first opened, in 1876, a journalist named Samuel Adams Drake captured the dock’s magnitude:
We can compare the granite basin, fashioned to receive the great war-ships, to nothing else than a huge bath wherein some antique giant might disport himself. It seems a miracle of intelligence, skill, and perseverance.
Here is a sight not commonly seen — USS Constitution viewed from the floor of Dry Dock 1.Learn more about Dry Dock 1 and USS Constitution’s restoration in Making Old Ironsides New, an exhibit currently on view at the USS Constitution Museum.
– K. Monea