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Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cape Charles to Little Creek

 
 
Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
1. Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker
Inscription. SS Delmarva, SS Princess Anne, and the SS Pocahontas operated out of Cape Charles to Little Creek, VA, from about 1933 to 1950. The first two vessels handled the traffic from 1933 to 1941. In 1941, the SS Pocahontas was built to handle traffic increases and was added to the fleet.

During World War II, it became necessary to add more carrying space to accommodate leave schedules — military personnel heading north on Friday and returning by early Monday. So, in the off-season, the SS Delmarva and the SS Princess Anne were taken to dry dock, cut in two, and 90 feet were added to each mid-section. The SS Pocahontas, initially 300 feet long, was renovated and 75 feet were added to her mid-section.

Around 1950, as traffic continued to increase, the ferry operation was moved to Kiptopeke Beach, VA, shortening the run by 20 minutes. The continued ferry traffic increases at Kiptopeke and a strike led to the building of the present Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 37° 16.017′ N, 76° 1.161′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on Mason Avenue (State Road
Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker, Cape Charles Historical Society, `
2. Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker
184) near Pine Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Charles VA 23310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rails Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cape Charles Colored School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cape Charles (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Custis Tombs (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mansion Site (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bacon's Rebellion (approx. 2.8 miles away); Indians (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape Charles.
 
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Cape Charles image. Click for full size.
Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker, Cape Charles Historical Society, `
3. Cape Charles
Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker seen along Mason Avenue and Pine Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
4. Cape Charles to Little Creek Marker seen along Mason Avenue and Pine Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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