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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elizabeth River

 
 
Elizabeth River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
1. Elizabeth River Marker
Inscription. The Eliz­a­beth River, explored by Cap­tain John Smith in 1608, was named for Princess Eliz­a­beth. Ship­build­ing activ­ity began in 1620 when John Wood, a ship­builder, requested a land grant. Many his­toric ships were built at the naval ship­yard here, includ­ing the USS Delaware, first ship dry-docked in Amer­ica, and CSS Vir­ginia (ex-Merrimac) first iron­clad to engage in battle.
 
Erected 1959 by Virginia State Library. (Marker Number Q-8-K.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 50.419′ N, 76° 17.955′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker was on Crawford Parkway 0.1 miles east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Crawford Bay (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Craney Island (about 600 feet away); Cornwallis at Portsmouth (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Arnold's British Defenses, 1781 (about 700 feet away); Olde Towne Portsmouth (about 700 feet away); Spanish-American War 1898-1902 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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