Fighting World War II at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

An Aerial view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1944. Photo via Naval History and Heritage Command


    While the Brooklyn Navy Yard is being transformed with new buildings and uses, during World War II thousands of workers toiled to keep America’s battleships and aircraft carriers ready for the troops.

    Learn more about the busy shipyard and its role in the war with a winter bus tour around the complex. The tour includes stops where battleships like the USS Arizona and Missouri were launched, ship assembly shops and other significant sites. You’ll also be able to hear stories of what it was like to work on site during the era thanks to audio clips from oral histories of sailors, ship workers and women working industrial jobs.

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    The Sands Street entrance to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo by Susan De Vries

    The tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is led by Turnstile Tours, the Navy Yard’s official tour group partner. It takes place on Sunday, February 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, with discounts for seniors, children, veterans and active-duty service members. For all the details visit the tour page.

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