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

USS Yorktown

 
 
USS <i>Yorktown</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. USS Yorktown Marker
Inscription. Since the October 19, 1781, victory at Yorktown, Virginia, five U.S. Navy ships have been named Yorktown. The first (1840) was constructed at Gosport Shipyard, the present-day Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The 16-gun ship sloop hit a reef in the Cape Verde Islands and sunk in 1850. The second (1888), a gunboat with both steam engines and schooner-rigged masts, was decommissioned in 1921. The third (1937), an aircraft carrier built at the Newport News Shipyard and sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt, was sunk during the Battle of Midway in 1942. The fourth (1943), also an aircraft carrier, was constructed in just 16½ months at the Newport News Shipyard. Decommissioned in 1970, this USS Yorktown (CV-10) is a museum at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in South Carolina. The fifth was a guided-missile cruiser commissioned at Yorktown on July 4, 1984, and decommissioned in 2004.
 
Location. 37° 14.255′ N, 76° 30.434′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Water Street and Ballard Street (Virginia Route 1020), 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
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
within walking distance of this marker. Seat of the County of York (here, next to this marker); Kiskiack (within shouting distance of this marker); The York River (within shouting distance of this marker); York River Ecosystem (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboats on York River (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Hot-Air Balloons (within shouting distance of this marker); Kiskiak Indians (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Institute of Marine Science (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Image courtesy of Patriots Point Museum.
16-gun sloop, courtesy of U.S.N. Historical Center.
Official U.S. Navy photo, courtesy of National Archives.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 17 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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