Disposable Camera Tour
"America's Oldest Shipyard" Bicentennial|
June 2000 -- Page 2
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Read: 200 Years of History
Anchored deeply in American history, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was among the first six federal shipyards created for the new US Navy. Commander Isaac Hull, famous for his service on Old Ironsides, arrived here as base commander in 1813 and lived near this central common in a house that still stands today. Commander Farragut also lived in the famous barracks.
The blend of industrial old and new is evident in this shot. In the foreground the general office looks much as it did in a turn of the century postcard, in contrast with the high-tech smokestacks in the background.
This is the memorial to the Squalus tragedy in which 23 men perished in a nearly successful diving bell rescue. The story has been transformed into a book by Peter Maas and a ballad by John Perrault, both of whom were at the bicentennial event.
We bumped into the current base commander Capt. VT Williams who kindly posed for us in front of the famous "Peace Building" with navy yard Public Affairs manager Alan Robinson. The Treaty of Portsmouth mini-museum is still housed inside and accessible to visitors.
There were plenty of great bands, but this one couldn't be less military. We heard Beatle music and turned a corner to find our friends from the nostalgia band GET BACK turning out some classic hits. Hey Jeff, get a haircut!
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Disposable photos by J. Dennis Robinson
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