In the 1800s, shipbuilding moved from sail and wood to steam, iron, and steel. The competitive pressure to achieve more predictable ocean transportation drove the industrialization of shipbuilding, as ship owners demanded vessels that enabled tighter scheduling, improved performance, and safe delivery of cargoes. Historian, Larrie Ferreiro discusses his book, Bridging the Seas: The Rise of Naval Architecture in the Industrial Age examining how the introduction of steam, iron, and steel required new rules and new ways of thinking for the design and building of ships from the 19th century to the present.  This book is available for sale in the Museum Store, Tel: 202.889.2212

About the Author: Larrie D. Ferreiro received his PhD in the History of Science and Technology from Imperial College London. Currently, he teaches history and engineering at George Mason University in Virginia, Georgetown University in Washington DC and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He has served for over thirty-five years in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Defense, and was an exchange engineer in the French Navy. His research areas includes naval architecture and ship design; defense acquisition; systems engineering; and complex systems management. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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Parking Option: Harris Teeters underground parking garage (401 M Street SE). Parking is free for 90 minutes.  Once you park, you will need to go into the store and validate your ticket.  Keep your ticket since you will need it to exit the garage.  After validating your ticket, exit the store and walk to the 11th and O Street entrance of the Navy Yard.  Be at the entrance by 11am and wait on the sidewalk outside the entrance gate.  Have your driver’s license or other form of government issued I.D. with you.

A museum educator will be at the gate at 11:00am to escort you onto the base and to the museum. 

A second and final pick-up from the gate will made at 11:20am.

Note: Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking Metro, exit the Navy Yard/Ballpark stop.  Exit the metro then walk to the base entrance at 11th and O Street SE (about 10 minutes). Plan to arrive at the entrance one hour before the start of the program. Be at the entrance by 11am and wait in the area adjacent to the Visitor Center.  A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base.  If you need to contact the museum on the day of the program, call our front desk at 202.685.0589

Larrie Ferreiro, Photo courtesy of the author

Larrie Ferreiro, Photo courtesy of the author