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

The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here

The Navy Sees the World

 
 
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
1. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
Inscription. On the morning of December 16, 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt sent the "Great White Fleet" around the world to demonstrate American technology and resolve. Sixteen battleships passed by this point en route to Trinidad and points south, returning to American waters in 1909. The squadrons were manned by 14,000 sailors. They covered some 43,000 miles and made twenty port calls on six continents. Modern electrical and propulsion systems required shore facilities for training. When the U.S. entered World War I, the Navy established a large training base in Norfolk, including a submarine base and an air station. The Army and Navy conducted tests of air power in the Bay during the 1920s. USS Alabama (Battleship #8) shows the effect of a phosphorus bomb while serving as a target in the Bay, September 27, 1921. In the foreground is a Navy F5L seaplane. Wrecks in the distance are other old battleships used as targets. USS Connecticut (Battleship #18) leads the Atlantic Fleet out of Hampton Roads in December, 1907.
 
Location. 36° 57.998′ N, 76° 6.747′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
USS Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
2. USS Alabama
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Tribute to Admiral de Grasse (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Adam Thorowgood (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia Beach.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia:Great White Fleet. The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from 16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909 by order of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. It consisted of 16 battleships divided into four squadrons, along with various escorts. Roosevelt sought to demonstrate growing American military power and blue-water navy capability. (Submitted on August 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Wikipedia:Navy F5L Seaplane. The twin
USS Connecticut image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 15, 2010
3. USS Connecticut
engine F5L was one of the Felixstowe F series of flying boats developed by John Cyril Porte at the Seaplane Experimental Station, Felixstowe, England during World War I, from an original design by the American Glen Curtiss. The F5L was an American-built version of the Felixstowe F.5; it was also known as the Curtiss F5L and (in civilian operation) as the Aeromarine 75. It entered service at the end of the war and was the US Navy’s standard patrol plane until 1928, when it was replaced by the PN-12. (Submitted on August 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

3. Department of the Navy USS Connecticut. USS Connecticut (Battleship #18) During World War I, Connecticut was employed as a training ship off the U.S. east coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. (Submitted on August 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
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The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 16, 2010
4. The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here Marker
The North portal of the Thimble Shoals Channel Tunnel seen in distance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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