"Plan of a Granite Ship House"
By Francis Grice, not dated
Ink and watercolor on card
13 1/4" x 18" National Archives and Records Administration, Naval Records Collection
of the Office of Naval Records and Library
Granite Ship House Ship houses are usually wooden structures built
out over the water. They are designed to shelter an entire ship and the
workers constructing, maintaining, or repairing the vessel. Francis Grice,
naval constructor at the Norfolk Navy Yard and later Chief Naval Constructor,
designed this elegant granite ship house.