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(d) c.1900 Receiving Ship – Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston

Image related to USS Constitution about c.1900 Receiving Ship – Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston

Constitution became a "receiving ship" in 1882 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, when a large barn was built over her top deck and offices and barracks were installed on board. A receiving ship was a place where officers and enlisted personnel would await new orders. She was returned to Boston in September, 1897, one month before her centenary, still with the barn attached; the barn would not be removed until the superficial restoration of 1906-1907.

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