The second New York, a frigate built in a Manhattan shipyard in 1800, saw action in the Mediterranean during the Barbary Wars and the naval conflict with France. It spent most of its life laid up at the Washington Navy Yard until it was burned by British troops during the War of 1812.
Far larger than a canoe or a frigate, and a far more famous vessel was the battleship USS New York which served in two world wars and was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Laid down in 1911, the New York participated in the blockade of Germany during World War I. In the Second World War, it saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, providing cover for the invasion of North Africa in 1942 and the assault on Iwo Jima in 1945. After being decommissioned, it was used as a target ship for the nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946, which it miraculously survived mostly intact, though the ship was finally laid to rest as a target for conventional weapons in 1948. About 70 sailors who served aboard the battleship will be on hand for the commissioning ceremony on Saturday.
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