Portsmouth, NH Franklin Shiphouse Fire, Mar 1936

Historic Shiphouse Burns At Portsmouth Navy Yard

PORTSMOUTH, N. H., March 10 (AP)----Historic Franklin shiphouse the only building of its kind in any navy yard in the United States, was destroyed today by fire of undetermined origin.

A sentry discovered the fire shortly before 5 a m but it spread so rapidly the building, erected in 1820 at a cost of more than $150,000, probably will be a total loss.

The first sloop of what constructed in the house was the Preble built in 1838. Other similar vessels built here were the Congress Saratoga, Portsmouth, Franklin, Marion, Illinois, Enterprise.

Also constructed in the ancient 343-foot building were the training vessel Boxer and the navy's largest submarine, V-3.

Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, MA 10 Mar 1936