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Last updated: 4/24/19

In the Yard: Charlestown Navy Yard's 1833 Dry Dock 1

View the 186-year-old Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard 

Learn about the building of the dry dock, its importance to the 19th- and 20th-century U.S. Navy, and the dock’s history with “Old Ironsides”, the first warship to enter the dock on June 24, 1833.


Please note: This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in and out of the dry dock, and to be exposed to the sun. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Close-toe shoes and sneakers are a must. The tour is limited to 25 people and will leave from the USS Constitution Museum’s Lobby.