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A chronology of the ammunition base site

1941 Construction of base begins

World War II Base is arsenal for Atlantic fleet

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May 1944 17 sailors killed in explosion as they dump unused ammunition off coast

1962 Base is decommis-
sioned, swept for hazardous materials, turned over to town

1970s Bare Cove Park opens as wildlife sanctuary and recreation area

2009 Hingham Naval Ammunitions Depot Memorabilia Display at the Dock House opens to public; next open date is Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to noon

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