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AAA Editor Notes
Charlestown Navy Yard is off I-93 exit 28 in Charlestown, with a visitor center in Building 5. Built in 1800 and today part of Boston National Historical Park, the yard served as a repair and supply depot for 174 years. Such innovations as ship houses and a ropewalk were among the yard's contributions. The USS Independence, a wooden-hulled, three-masted naval warship, was built and launched here in 1814 and served nearly 100 years as a ship-of-the-line and as a frigate. Today the site is home to the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young.

The visitor center features the exhibit Serving the Navy Fleet and a 10-minute orientation film. Ranger-led programs are available seasonally.

Note: The grounds are open daily 24 hours, seasonally.

Guided tours are available.

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