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"America's Oldest Shipyard" Bicentennial
June 2000 -- Page 1
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Shipyard Bicentennial photo

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is visible just beyond Memorial Bridge. Although the scene looks quiet from this New Hampshire Port Authority view, tens of thousands of visitors are already partying down at the historic shipyard's 200 the anniversary.



Shipyard Bicentennial photo

Visitors to the bicentennial ceremony could opt for a ferry ride, bus or take their chances searching for a parking space in Kittery. This was only the second open house in 25 years at "The Yard". Our bus driver told us about the 1913 Russo-Chinese War Treaty (Oops, wrong country and wrong year!) but his heart was in the right place. Minutes later we were on what is normally restricted federal territory.



Shipyard Bicentennial photo

The Yard is a fascinating contrast of old and new. We bumped into our militia friends who had been at the John Paul Jones house just the evening before. Although no new submarines have been built here since the Sand Lance in 1969, submarine repair is the order of the day and still a multi-million dollar business. Work at "America's oldest navy yard" has been secured through at least 2005 at this writing.



Shipyard Bicentennial photo

Unlike Market Square Day across the river in civilian Portsmouth, there were plenty of beer booths at this festive occasion. Once a rough and tumble seaport, the local economy was dependent on hard-working shipyard employees from 1800. Ships were built here for the British as early as 1690.



Shipyard Bicentennial photo

The "Maine" event was a tour of the nuclear sub USS Maine. Here we see the line to tour the sub with a five-hour estimated waiting time. We saw the sub when it visited in 1995, so off we went exploring the famous island complex between New Hampshire and Maine.


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Disposable photos by J. Dennis Robinson
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