Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton, Washington was established in 1891. It was the first dry dock and repair facility in the northwestern United States capable of handling the largest ships. The postcard above shows the second dry dock at the facility, completed in 1913, with three boats undergoing repair. This dry dock was made of granite and concrete. It was 827 feet long, 145 feet wide, and 38 feet deep.
The next postcard shows a view from the water front of the Navy Yard and dry dock.
Puget Sound Navy Yard was not strategically located to serve as a repair facility for a war in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1916 the mission of Puget Sound Navy Yard was changed from overhaul and repair work to the construction of new warships. During World War I this Navy Yard built 25 submarine chasers, six submarines, two mine sweepers, seven seagoing tugboats, and two ammunition ships as well as 1,700 small boats.
The Puget Sound Naval Yard has served various roles since then. Today, it is the largest and most diverse shipyard on the West Coast and one of Washington state’s largest industrial complexes.
Source: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, HistoryLink.org Essay 5579
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