“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Marker
Inscription. Off this point in the Elizabeth River is the zero mile buoy marking the beginning of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In colonial times water transportation was the principal mode for moving cargo. The idea of a canal connecting the Elizabeth River in Virginia with the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina originated with Colonel William Byrd II of Virginia in 1728 when he was surveying the Virginia-North Carolina border. The Dismal Swamp Canal was authorized by Virginia in 1787 and by North Carolina in 1790. Construction began in 1793. The Canal was complete in 1805 but was so shallow that it could be used only by small flat bottomed boats. Widening and deepening were completed in 1828. A second canal, the Albemarle and Chesapeake, was authorized in 1772, but construction did not begin until 1855. When it opened in 1859, the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal could accommodate larger vessels and increased waterway traffic. Both canals are part of the Intracoastal Waterway today, providing inland passage for both commercial vessels and pleasure boats.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.73′ N, 76° 
View from marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. View from marker
17.692′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Waterside Drive and Boush Avenue. Click for map. This marker is located in Town Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Escort Carriers Based in Norfolk (within shouting distance of this marker); Armed Forces Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Downtown Waterfront Revitalization (about 400 feet away); Norfolk 1682 (about 500 feet away); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (about 500 feet away); The Cedar (about 500 feet away); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,751 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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