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

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“1774-1800”

 

—Path of History Portsmouth, VA —

 
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
Inscription. Leased in 1794 by the federal government, as part of its response to acts of piracy by the Barbary States, the shipyard produced in 1798-99 the 36-gun frigate Chesapeake, a sister ship of the USS Constitution known as "Old Ironsides." The USS Chesapeake was one of the first six ships to be built for the U.S. Navy after the Revolution.

Captain Richard Dale, a Portsmouth native who had served under John Paul Jones, was appointed to supervise the construction of the shipyard as its prospective commanding officer. His role as Naval Agent made him the first Shipyard Commander.

On June 15, 1801 the 16-acre shipyard was purchased by the United States from Virginia for $12,000, on President Thomas Jefferson’s authorization. It then became the "Gosport Navy Yard."

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Gosport workmen shape the wooden keel of the frigate in the Gosport shipyard. The frigate , the first U.S. Navy warship known to have been completely built and outfitted in the Gosport Shipyard, is believed to have looked like this after it was launched in December 1799.
 
Location. 36° 49.642′ N, 76° 17.812′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Markers
east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Gosport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 26 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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