Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot

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Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot
Part of United States Navy
Hingham, Massachusetts
Employees working with the Automatic 16 Inch Powder Stacking Machine at the U.S. Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot during Wold War II.jpg
Employees working with the Automatic 16 Inch Powder Stacking Machine during World War II
Coordinates 42°14′8.12″N 70°54′58.61″W / 42.2355889°N 70.9162806°W / 42.2355889; -70.9162806
Type Ammunition Depot
Site information
Controlled by Navy
Open to
the public
Yes
Site history
In use 1903-1961

The Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot, is a former United States Navy ammunition depot located in Hingham, Massachusetts. At its peak, it employed over 2,400 people.[1] It also consisted of 90 buildings at that time.[2] The Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Annex was located nearby, and served as a storage area for the depot.

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From 1903 until 1961, The Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot (originally called the Hingham Naval Reserve) was a major supplier of U.S. munitions, occupying 990 acres (4.0 km2) on the Weymouth Back River (in the section once known as The Hockley). At peak capacity in 1945, over 2,400 civilians and military personnel worked there. In the mid 1950s, the site contained over 90 buildings, its own telephone exchange, and 15 cranes. The base was decommissioned in 1961, though the Navy held on to the property until 1971, when it was turned over to the town of Hingham. Today much of the site is now occupied by the town's Bare Cove Park.

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