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The USS Boxer in Franklin Shiphouse

Blimp in Franklin Shipyard
The first submarine built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was launched from the Franklin Shiphouse in 1917. Two years earlier this blimp was built in the same shiphouse by a visiting German crew. A century old The Franklin Shiphouse burned to the ground in March 10, 1936 in a hellish blaze.

Photo from the Patch Collection at Strawbery Banke Museum and appears in "Historic Portsmouth" by James Garvin.

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