Naval Hospital Boston

Naval Hospital Boston was a hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts. With the closure of the nearby Boston Navy Yard, the hospital closed in 1974.

Naval Hospital Boston
Boston Naval Hospital Chelsea MA from NPS.jpg
Boston Naval Hospital; a surgeon and others examine a patient in 1919
LocationChelsea, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°23′22.81″N 71°2′51.53″W / 42.3896694°N 71.0476472°W / 42.3896694; -71.0476472
ListsHospitals in Massachusetts


On January 7, 1836 the Chelsea Naval Hospital was completed and commissioned. Located on a hill on the banks of the Mystic River in Chelsea, MA, it is 112 feet (34 m) above sea level. The original building was built of Vermont granite. The hospital was a three-story building with a 100-bed capacity. A wing was added on the west side of the building in 1865.[1]

Chelsea Naval Hospital was one of the first three hospitals authorized by Congress to accommodate naval personnel. Previously, personnel received treatment at marine hospitals operated by the Department of the Treasury for mariners, both naval and merchant. The hospital served naval personnel and others during the American Civil War, Spanish–American War, World War I and World War II.[1]

Chelsea Naval Hospital building

In 1970, a plaque in remembrance of Medal of Honor recipient Wayne Maurice Caron, a hospital corpsman, was placed on the grounds of the hospital.[1] In 1973, the hospital and the surrounding grounds were added to the Naval Hospital Boston Historic District.

When it was decommissioned in 1974, it was the oldest naval hospital in service in the United States and consisted of 88 acres (360,000 m2) of land on the Mystic River. Notable patients during the hospital's history include Presidents John Quincy Adams (after his presidency) and John F. Kennedy (before his presidency).[1] The original hospital buildings were converted into condominiums while adjacent land was dotted with single family townhouses and high rise apartment complexes. Still extant are the perimeter wall and guard shack, pier, chapel, ordnance buildings, nurses' quarters, and the Captain's House. In addition to the redevelopment of the housing and hospital portion of the property, several acres on the Mystic River were taken over by the Metropolitan District Commission for Mary O'Malley Park.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Maritime History of Massachusetts". National Park Service. October 20, 2009.

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