The Navy Yard’s first dry dock was designed by civil engineer Robert E. Peary who later led arctic expeditions and claimed to have reached the North Pole. The floating dry dock was an important innovation for the Navy Yard because it allowed workers to fix areas of ships that would usually be underwater. As the size of ships has increased, these dry docks became too small to accommodate modern military ships. Today, this area has been turned into Dry Dock Park adjacent to the global headquarters of Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Around the corner on the riverfront, you can see the USS John F. Kennedy, which was decommissioned in 2007 after 40 years of service in the US Navy.