Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Kiptopeke State Park
Due to a steel shortage, these ships were built out of concrete in the early 1940s by McCloskey and Company of Philadelphia. They were primarily used as cargo ships transporting freight to allied forces in Japan and in training exercises in the Pacific.
While fishing near the ships is permitted, please do not attempt to anchor to or board the ships. For more information about concrete ships, please visit www.concreteships.org.
The concrete ships provide an excellent habitat for a variety of species, including striped bass, flounder, tautog and black sea bass. Ospreys and pigeons also use the concrete ships for nesting.
Catalogue of Ships…
*S.S. William Foster Cowham
*S.S. John Grant
*S.S. Robert Whitman Lesley
*S.S. Richard Kidder Meade
*S.S. Willard A. Pollard
*S.S. Willis A. Slater
*S.S. Arthur Newell Talbot
*S.S. Edward Thatcher
*S.S. Leonard Chase Wason
Location. 37° 9.998′ N, 75° 59.333′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Click for map. This marker is on the fishing pier at Keptopeke
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Good Start (here, next to this marker); The Dunes (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake Bay (about 700 feet away); Farm to Market (about 700 feet away); Maritime Highway (about 700 feet away); Fisherman Island NWR (approx. 3.3 miles away); Arlington (approx. 3.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Mansion Site (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape Charles.
Also see . . .
1. Kiptopeke’s Concrete Ships; A Long Journey to Obscurity. (Submitted on October 8, 2016.)
2. Kiptopeke Concrete Ships. A camera mounted on a quad-copter provides a unique perspective. (Submitted on October 8, 2016.)
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 8, 2016.