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

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“1907-1922”

 

—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. In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt launched the "Great White Fleet" from the shipyard as it began its journey around the world.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard built the first flight deck on a ship, the USS Birmingham (CS-2). When Eugene B. Ely took off from the deck of the Birmingham on November 14, 1910, his intended destination was the Marine Barracks parade ground at NNSY; however, he touched down instead on Willoughby Spit.

Additionally, the first aircraft carrier in the Navy's history, the USS Langley, was converted here between 1919 and 1922 from the collier Jupiter.

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(left) USS Birmingham
(center) USS Jupiter
(right) U.S. Navy’s first aircraft carrier, Langley, was created from the electrically-powered collier Jupiter.
 
Location. 36° 49.693′ N, 76° 17.843′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street 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 (a few steps from this marker); Sail portion of the USS Thomas Jefferson (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); 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 377 times since then and 26 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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