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WWII Destroyer Gets Rejuvenated In Park Dry Dock

Boston National Historical Park

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Since 1981, millions of visitors have walked the decks of the USS Cassin Young in Boston National Historical Park, experiencing her history and heroics. Now they have the opportunity to see a new side of this "greyhound of the sea" – what lies below the waterline.

Boasting 5-inch guns and made of steel, this Fletcher-class destroyer was built in California in 1943. While taking part in numerous Pacific engagements, the ship survived two Kamikaze strikes off the coast of Okinawa in 1945.

Today, the destroyer sits on keel blocks in Dry Dock 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston National Historical Park, where workers have cleaned and painted the 5/8-inch hull, which gave the destroyers the nickname "tin can."

"Having USS Cassin Young in dry dock reminds us of the traditions of the Charlestown Navy Yard and the role it continues to play in repairing ships and preserving them for future generations," said Cassius Cash, superintendent of Boston National Historical Park and Boston African American National Historic Site.

Across the pier from Dry Dock 1, USS Constitution, launched in 1797 and known as "Old Ironsides" after it battled and defeated a succession of British ships during the War of 1812, has been restored by the United States Navy in time for the upcoming commemoration of the bicentennial of the war. The Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world today and is permanently berthed at Pier 1 in Boston National Historical Park.

To see a video of the ship and its crew prepared by park volunteer Pin-Yu Chen, click on the link below.


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