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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

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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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