The Great Chain at West PointOn April 30, 1778: The Great Chain was put in place across the Hudson River between West Point & Constitution Island, a stupendous engineering feat. Constructed from 1776 to 1778 during the American Revolution and weighing an estimated 75 to 80 tons, the chain defensively blocked the Hudson to prevent British naval vessels from sailing upriver, and was an important part of fortifications at West Point, which General George Washington called “key to the continent.” Links of the Great Chain are displayed today at the eastern end of Trophy Point at West Point.

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