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

Confederate Navy Yard

 
 
Confederate Navy Yard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Confederate Navy Yard Marker
Inscription. Begun in 1862, the Confederate Navy Yard occupied both banks of the James River, including the community and port of Rocketts Landing on the north bank. The Yard was the base, construction site, and headquarters for the James River Squadron, commanded by Admiral Raphael Semmes, which included the famous ironclad vessel; C.S.S. Virginia II, as well as other ironclads. Here, too, the Confederate Navy fashioned prototype artillery mounted on a railroad car for General Lee’s use at the battle of Savage Station on June 29, 1862. On April 3, 1865, Confederate troops burned the yard and destroyed vessels as a part of the evacuation of Richmond. After the Civil War, Trigg Shipyards continued the tradition of military shipbuilding in this area of Richmond.
 
Location. 37° 31.552′ N, 77° 25.255′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dock Street and Pear Street. Click for map. This marker is located at the east end of the parking lot in the Great Shiplock Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2806 Dock Street, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Ship Lock (a few steps from this marker); Rocketts Landing (a few steps from
Confederate Navy Yard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Confederate Navy Yard Marker
this marker); a different marker also named Great Ship Lock (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Great Ship Lock (a few steps from this marker); Coffer Dams (within shouting distance of this marker); Rocketts Landing and Wharf / Confederate Navy Yard / Powhatan’s Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); City Locks River Gauge (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Chapel Island (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Richmond - James River Park System. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. NPS - James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Friends of the James River Park. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes, Confederate States Navy, (1809-1877). Department of the Navy - Naval Historical Center. (Submitted on October 26, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View from the great lock towards Rocketts Landing. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. View from the great lock towards Rocketts Landing.
Raphael Semmes image. Click for full size.
By Boston : L. Prang & Co., circa 1865
4. Raphael Semmes
Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-2385]
View of Rocketts [Landing] and south side of James River from Libby Hill. image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
5. View of Rocketts [Landing] and south side of James River from Libby Hill.
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-132704]
View on the dock on south side of James River opposite Rocketts. image. Click for full size.
Apr 1865
6. View on the dock on south side of James River opposite Rocketts.
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-68629]
Great Shiplock Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
7. Great Shiplock Park
The great lock, built between 1850-1854, connected the James River with the Richmond Dock, completing the James River and Kanawha Canal system that bypassed seven miles of falls and continued 197 miles through Virginia’s western mountain ranges.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,649 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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