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Q: History of Boston, MA, specifically, Bunker Hill, Charlestown and the Navy Yard ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: History of Boston, MA, specifically, Bunker Hill, Charlestown and the Navy Yard
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: headdoc-ga
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Posted: 18 Nov 2003 13:27 PST
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Question ID: 277159
I'm writing an article for our condo newsletter about the history of
our building, Flagship Wharf, which was originaly Building 197 when
the Boston Naval Shipyard was active. WHile I'd appreciate any
information anyone has about the building or the Navy Yard, I'm
specifically interested in finding out the location of a body of land
in the area called Moulton's Point. This is where the first British
troops came ashore  (Battle of Bunker Hill) in 1775 and, while there
are plenty of maps showing the location in 1775, I can't find the
place on any present-day maps. Needless to say, things have changed a
bit since then. Can anybody help me out? Directions to useful websites
would be appreciated, too. Thanks in advance!
Subject: Re: History of Boston, MA, specifically, Bunker Hill, Charlestown and the Navy Yard
Answered By: leader-ga on 18 Nov 2003 20:16 PST
Hello headdoc-ga:

It was a real pleasure answering your question. It was not only a very exciting
research but increased my knowledge of the earliest revolutionary battle. 
First, let us focus on the main question. Where is the location of Moulton's

My research has revealed that the Moulton's point where the British
troops landed is the area of the now extinct Charleston Naval Shipyard 
located in Historic Boston National Park (near OR on where your condo 
apartment building is located). According to the most detailed account of 
Bunker Hill battle at Rochester Polytechnic Institute's ROTC, Department of 
Military, "The Charlestown Naval Shipyards stand on the spot where the British 
debarked their transports for the assaults on the Breed's Hill redoubt........
On the spot where Moulton's Point once stood, the Charlestown Naval 
Shipyards stand where the British landed to assault the redoubt." Please refer
According to Charleston Business Association, "The US Navy opened a yard at
Moulton's Point in 1800 and was one of Charlestown's top employers for more 
than 150 years." Refer to
According to Charlestown Online website, "In 1800 United States Navy opened
a Navy Yard at Moulton's point." Please refer to:
According to another website about Boston, "In 1800 the United States Navy
constructs one of the United States first shipyards at Moulton's point.

Another very authentic proof of the current location of the Moulton's point
is that the name Moulton's point is associated with the first shipbuilder in 
America, Robert Moulton. He erected the very first shipyard at the site which
later was developed as a Naval Shipyard. Please refer to:

To further authenticate the location of the Moulton's point, it should be 
noticed that there were four large hills of prominent importance to the 
troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The location of the four hills can be
described as: Bunker Hill (West end of the peninsula), Breed's Hill (Middle
of the Peninsula), School Hill (southeast of the peninsula) and finally
Moulton Hill (Northeast corner of the peninsula). We can safely assume from 
the historic maps and these descriptions that the site of the Naval shipyard
is indeed on OR near Moulton's Point, hence Moulton Hill. 
For a description of locations, please refer to:

The following websites may furhter illustrate my point:

Charlstown Navy Yard

Charlestown Online

Historic Boston National Park

Account of Battle

It should also be noticed here that the actual battle was fought on the 
Breed's Hill instead of the higher Bunker Hill. Somehow, the name Bunker
Hill stuck. Please refer to:

Yes, the map of boston has changed overtimes but it shouldn't prevent us 
from concluding our point. Let us look at the historic as well as modern maps
of Charlestown and the battle:


MORE MAPS burgoyneplan.html

Come to the second part. Following are some useful links to your desired

Charlestown Navy Yard


Bunker Hill lessons/42bunker/42bunker.htm

Plaese note that using the follwoing keywords on Google may have further
useful information. At least, it was my search criteria:


'Charlestown Navy Yard'
'Bunker Hill'
'Battle of Bunker Hill'
'Charlestown Massachusetts'

I hope the information will help you. Please clarify, if you are not 
satisfied. I will be highly obliged to serve your needs.

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