20 Jun 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Latrobe’s Steam Engine

I recently finally read Gordon Brown’s book The Captain Who Burned His Ships, about Thomas Tingey and his building – and rebuilding – of the Washington Navy Yard. I learned a fair bit along the way, including new information about one of my favorite characters in Navy Yard – and Washington D.C. – history: Benjamin […]

27 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Jefferson’s Dry-Docks

I have begun the research for a book on the history of the Washington Navy Yard and its neighborhood in earnest. As always, I have come across some piece of arcana which, while not being a great turning point in history (especially as the thing in question was never built) does give some insight into […]

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