Sound Bytes of History

Did You Know?

Fun fact for Monday, June 13th

Did you ever wonder what commuting to work was
like in the early days of the Base?


Some Dahlgren employees commuted to work by boat. 
In the earliest days of the Base, workers from Colonial
Beach travelled over water due to the inadequate state of
the highways. Captain Bruce shuttled his boat back and
forth every day, summer and winter, taking
employees to Dahlgren. The trip took about an hour.

Image:  (U. S. Navy Photo)

Do You Know?

Help us to identify who, what, and when
is pictured as we try to gain more
information about some of the photographs
in our collection.  Look for this feature
by the end of the summer.


Now You Know


We hope that you are enjoying this new feature through
Facebook and our website.  We would like to reward one
lucky person, as thanks for your time and attention to our
first article.  The FIRST person to email us at with the correct answers
to the following questions will win a gift card.


1 . What do the events of February 28, 1844, have to do with the
base’s existence?
2 . How early did remote-controlled flight actually begin?
3 . What kind of bug was Dahlgren’s “bug in the machine”?
4 . What was one use of computers at Dahlgren, as
discussed in segment four of the article?
5 . What submarine conducted the first underwater launch
of a Polaris missile (off Cape Canaveral)?
6 . What was the thought behind Dahlgren’s PHALANX
close-in ship defense system?
7 . What was Parsons and Thompson’s vision of the
“Dream Navy Lab”?


This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered
by, or associated with Facebook.  It is hosted by the Dahlgren
Heritage Museum.  Participants must live in the U.S. and either
a) be over the age of 18 or b) have the permission of a parent or
guardian to participate.  It is not open to employees of the
museum or members of its board, or immediate family thereof.


The winner will be notified by email and will have
seven (7) days to respond to that notification (which
will discuss prize delivery) or a replacement winner will
be notified.  After we receive a response from the winner,
we will announce the winner on Facebook.  The contest
is open until the prize is awarded to someone who sends
us an email with correct answers to all seven questions. 


All answers can be found in “Dahlgren: A Bubbling
Cauldron of Technical Curiosity” by Alan J. Dean.
  You will find all seven segments for this article on
this website.  If you scroll over the “News
& Events” tab, and then scroll down to
“Sound Bytes of History,” a new list will
appear off to the side that incudes links for each segment.