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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Brig Betsy

 
 
The Brig <i>Betsy</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. The Brig Betsy Marker
Inscription. What remains of the Betsy lies on the bottom of the York River just beyond the end of this pier. A two-masted brig, originally built to carry coal, the Betsy was one of more than a dozen vessels deliberately scuttled, or sunk, by the British in September 1781 just off the Yorktown waterfront. Beginning in 1982, Virginia Department of Historic Resources archaeologists excavated parts of the ship as well as hundreds of other artifacts. A temporary steel cofferdam eliminated dangerous currents and also allowed for improved visibility. Much of the ship’s hull and framing had survived after more than 200 years. Among the artifacts recovered from the 175-foot-long brig were weapons, rigging, barrels, a cannon carriage, and personal objects from the captain’s cabin.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.092′ N, 76° 30.284′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Comte de Grasse Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yorktown's Sunken Fleet (here, next to this marker);
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
Yorke Village (within shouting distance of this marker); York “Under The Hill” (within shouting distance of this marker); York Under Siege 1781 (within shouting distance of this marker); An Archer House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pirates in Yorktown? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (about 300 feet away); Yorktown’s Waterfront (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Courtesy of Bates Littlehales, Photographer.
Original art by Roy Andersen, courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Photo courtesy of David L. Justis, M.D.
 
Categories. War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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