“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Deltaville in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Stingray Point

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By Tom Fuchs, January 16, 2010
1. Stingray Point Marker
Inscription.  Capt. John Smith led two exploratory voyages in Chesapeake Bay during the summer of 1608. His boat ran aground at the mouth of the Rappahannock River three miles east, on 17 July. While awaiting high tide to float the vessel, he and his men impaled fish with their swords and Smith speared a cow-nose ray that sank its tail spine into his wrist as he tried to remove it. The toxin swelled Smith's arm, shoulder and chest but surgeon Walter Russell applied soothing oil and by evening Smith was well enough to eat the ray for supper. He named the place Stingray Point.
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N-76.)
Location. 37° 33.267′ N, 76° 20.418′ W. Marker is in Deltaville, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is on General Fuller Highway (Virginia Route 33) east of Jackson Farm Lane, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deltaville VA 23043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F.D. Crockett (approx. ¾ mile away); Captain John Smith’s Shallop (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Boarding Cutter (approx. 0.9 miles away); Flagpole and Flag Etiquette (approx. 0.9 miles away); Compass Rose (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fish Story (approx. 0.9 miles away); Oyster Tonging (approx. one mile away); Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deltaville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 17, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.
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