28 Sep 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The USS Pensacola

One of the largest ships in the US Navy during the Civil War was finished at the Washington Navy Yard. After having built various parts of the USS Pensacola in navy yards in states that had seceded, it was fortunate that the final work was done at the Yard: that way, the US Navy could keep it. […]

13 Jul 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Water Witch

Today we continue with our series on interesting ships from the Navy Yard. This time, the ship was actually built here – and sunk here, though that’s a story for another week. After the (dubious) success of the Germ, plans were made to build a number of ships using Hunter’s wheel. The first indication of […]

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