Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Navy Yard

Marker ID: THC 4E 40
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, Front Street
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


The waterfront between Auction and Market Streets, which includes the mouth of the Wolf River, was occupied, from 1844 to 1857, by an inland shipbuilding and repair facility operated by the U.S. Navy. The USS Allegheny, only ship built in the yard, was a failure. During World War II, a private firm here built 192 small naval craft.