Celebrate Maritime History

Celebrate Maritime History

A Landmark Point of Interest, memorializing 50,000 women and men working in the Navy-Yard during WWII.

Pier 5 served tens of Tall-Ships docking and sailing right here during Sail-Boston 2000 and 2017.

This is the area where British Ships assaulted the Patriots at The Battle of Bunker Hill.  This is where John Winthrop sailed and founded Charlestown and traded with Squaw Sachem.

The Boston Navy Yard served the needs of the U.S. Navy from 1800 until its closing in 1973.  The Navy Yard still remains the home of the U.S.S. Constitution and welcomes over 500,000 visitors each year.

The iconic Pier 5 has a long and storied history as a centerpiece for Naval construction and repair from when it was originally built in 1912, to its reconstruction with concrete and steel in 1943.

Pier 5 was “overbuilt” because of heavy duty wartime construction. Consisting of a thick concrete slab supported by 1,645 steel H-plies used for deep foundation support on bridges and other maritime structures. The Pier was designed to hold 400 pounds per square foot of significant weight distributions.

Pier 5 is the master dock of the Boston Naval Yard. The adjacent Dry Dock was the largest in the country at one point. Both building Destroyer ships for the U.S. Navy.

Presently, Pier 5 sits behind a chain link fence and consists of a vacant, underutilized and inaccessible pier structure which has been left to decay with no maintenance.  It is an iconic location with a profound historic significance and is central to a National Historic Park.