25 Jul 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Armor tests at the Washington Navy Yard

I have previously written variously of new technologies that have been tested at the Washington Navy Yard over the years, from lights to radio. Unsurprisingly, there was also a great deal of interest in new ways of protecting and improving the ships that were being built there. One of the new technologies to be employed […]

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 […]

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