11/10/11 12:01pm

The USS Arizona was the original East River Ferry.

In 1801, George Clinton was again elected governor, the city’s population was a mere 60,000 and the Brooklyn Navy Yard was about to start killing it, churning out devastating battleships like modern Williamsburg turns out Tumblr memes. That was also the last time the yard’s museum was open to the public. Until, that is, this weekend when the museum containing relics from the history as the Navy’s top shipbuilding hub opens to the public for the first time in 200 years. And it’s free! (more…)