General History and Descriptive Book of the United States Navy Yard at Washington, D.C. E. R. Vandegrift, I. Bassett.

General History and Descriptive Book of the United States Navy Yard at Washington, D.C.

Washington: E. B. Buzhardt Printer, 1906. Wrappers. Octavo. 54 pages. Near Fine. Original printed gray wrappers over stapled binding. A few minor extremity rubs, top staple pulled through title page, else fine.

The Washington Navy Yard, dating to 1800, is the oldest shore installation of the U.S. Navy. This uncommon little history begins with the purchase of 40 acres of land in 1800 and a Congressional appropriation of $1,000,000 to build six men-of-war, and follows with a brief account of ships built, people employed, activities during the Civil War, etc. The bulk of the booklet describes the naval relics and the buildings on the Yard, the type of work done in them, etc. No copies in commerce and but 4 in OCLC (same publication year but different printer) as of September 2019.

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