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New Meetup: Explore the Charlestown Navy Yard with free guided tours

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Explore the Charlestown Navy Yard with free guided tours

When: June 6,[masked]:45 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Let's explore the Charlestown Navy Yard, starting with the 2:00 pm USS Cassin Young guided tour, followed by the USS Constitution. Both tours are free! Meet up at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center. If you wish wish we can go to USS Constitution Museum, also free.

USS Cassin Young
Free guided tour of this 2,050-ton Fletcher-Class destroyer: "Forty-five minute guided tours that bring visitors to areas of the ship not normally open to the public are conducted daily at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm". [ History: http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/usscassinyoung.htm ]

USS Constitution
Official Website: http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/index.html

Tours every 30 minutes. In the summer the last guided tour of the day starts at 4:30 pm. "All visitors are required to go through a screening process. It is a good idea to arrive at least a half-hour early to allow time to get through our security tent. As a reminder, all item currently banned from federal buildings and airports will not be allowed onboard 'Old Ironsides', including guns, mace, and any sharp objects such as razors, knives, pocket knives, Swiss Army knives, 'Leatherman' type tools, scissors, letter openers, etc".

USS Constitution Museum:
Official Website: http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/
Open 9am to 6pm (From April 1 ?October 31)

"Only yards away from 'Old Ironsides,' the Museum is a must see for everyone visiting Boston, where interactive galleries take adults, families and children of all ages on a 200-year voyage.

? "Learn how a wooden hull helped earn the nickname 'Old Ironsides.'
? "Discover how "Old Ironsides" has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797.
? "Find out out school children contributed pennies to help save 'Old Ironsides.'"

Where to meet:
Let's meet up at 1:45 pm in the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center (open 9 to 5), located in Building 5 next to the USS Constitution in Charlestown, just inside Gate 1 of the Navy Yard. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. We can find out where the 2:00 pm USS Cassin Young guided tour starts. At the Visitor Center is a 10 minute introductory video of the Navy Yard and view the "Serving the Naval Fleet" exhibit.

About the Charlestown Navy Yard:
http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/cny.htm

"Established in 1800, Charlestown Navy Yard served the fleet with distinction--especially proving its worth in each of the nation's wars--until its closing in 1974. The men and women of its workforce built more than 200 warships and maintained and repaired thousands. From its inception the yard was in the forefront of shipyard technology, from building the Navy's only ropewalk to making itself a center of missile and electronics conversions. In its 174-year history, Charlestown Navy Yard played an important role in the birth, growth, and continued effectiveness of the U.S. Navy.

"When the Charlestown Navy Yard closed in 1974 after nearly 175 years of serving the fleet, 30 acres became part of Boston National Historical Park. The National Park Service now maintains an important part of the ship yard, and as part of the Park Service's interpretive program, USS Constitution, in connection with the United States Navy, and USS Cassin Young are preserved as representatives of the kinds of vessels built in this yard. Together they represent a 200-year-old tradition of building fine ships for the Navy".

Directions by subway:
http://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/publictransportation.htm

"Take the subway, either the Green Line or Orange Line, to North Station. Exit the station and turn right (onto Causeway Street). Walk about one block and a half, and take a left, walking over the Charlestown Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn a right onto Chelsea Street, walk a block then turn right at the next intersection onto Warren Street followed immediately by a left onto Constitution Road, and go straight ahead through Gate 1 into the Charlestown Navy Yard".

Directions by Water Shuttle:
http://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/publictransportation.htm

"Take the water shuttle from Long Wharf, near the New England Aquarium and Marriott Long Wharf, to Charlestown Navy Yard. Boats run 7 days a week, and leave from Long Wharf on the hour and the half hour. Ten-minute boat ride"... oooh! This looks like fun! After the Freedom Trail Hike from 11:00 pm to 12:30 pm I wanna boat ride! It seems to cost $1.70 for the Inner Harbor Ferry

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/10561799/

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