The Navy Yard's Naval History and Heritage Museum is pretty cool, with probably the largest collection of hawsers**, yardarms***, and brigs **** in the metropolitan area. And, as the above article attests, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
* This is from a really bad joke about a ship crew trying to alert a German command that they're sinking.
** To the best of my knowledge, a type of rope?
*** I have no idea.
**** It's either a jail cell on a ship, or a type of unpalatable British pudding. Or it could be the unpalatable British pudding that people in a jail cell on a ship are forced to eat. So, basically that would be any sort of British pudding.