Charlestown Navy Yard
‘Her sides are made of iron!’ So cried a crewman as he watched a shot bounce off the thick oak hull of the USS Constitution during the...
USS Constitution Museum
For a play-by-play of the USS Constitution ’s various battles, as well as her current role as the flagship of the US Navy, head indoors...
USS Cassin Young
This 376ft WWII destroyer is one of 14 Fletcher-class destroyers built at the Charlestown Navy Yard. These were the Navy’s fastest, most...
Firehouse Vending Machine
The kind firefighters at Engine Company 50 work in a sweet 19th-century firehouse with the Freedom Trail passing close by. On most...
Navy Yard Bistro & Wine Bar
Dark and romantic, this hideaway is tucked into an off-street pedestrian walkway, allowing for comfortable outdoor seating in summer...
Charlestown Navy Yard information
Besides the historic ships docked here and the museum dedicated to them, the Charlestown Navy Yard is a living monument to its own history of shipbuilding and naval command. Visit the National Park Service information center, with a free film and other info about the Navy Yard and Freedom Trail sites.
Most of the shipyard buildings are not open to the public, but you can wander around the dry docks and see how the ships were repaired while resting on wooden blocks. The oldest building in the yard is the imposing Federal-style Commandant’s House, dating to 1805. Other interesting buildings on the grounds include the 1000ft-long Ropewalk, where all the Navy’s rope was made for 135 years. Next door, in the forge shop, metal workers hammered out ‘die-lock’ chains which eventually put the ropemakers out of business.