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Navy birthplace in dispute; 5 towns lay claim

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A detail of an historic chart showing Beverly Harbour and surrounding areas, created from surveys done in 1804, 1805, and 1806, is seen at the USS Constitution Museum, in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. No fewer than five communities claim to be the birthplace of the United States Navy, including Beverly and Marblehead, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Five communities are claiming to be the birthplace of the U.S. Navy, but resolution of the debate may soon be coming.

AP Photo/Steven Senne

A welcome sign in Marblehead that includes the phrase "Birthplace of the American Navy," is shown Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. No fewer than five communities claim to be the birthplace of the Navy, including Beverly and Marblehead, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U. S. Archivist David Ferriero, is headed to the USS Constitution Museum in Boston on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy’s 235th birthday.

He’ll bring documents detailing the claims of each of the communities: Marblehead and Beverly, Mass.; Philadelphia; Providence, R.I. and Whitehall, N.Y.

Ferriero plans to present the documents for public view, and says he may make a ruling on the true birthplace of the Navy.

His objectivity may be a bit in question, though. Ferriero is a native of Beverly.

But Ferriero says his true purpose isn’t to settle the good-natured debate. He says he wants to educate people about the archives and the stories they can tell.

 

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