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North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stern piece of a ship

 
 
Stern piece of a ship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
1. Stern piece of a ship Marker
Inscription.  This piece is a portion of the stern of a vessel shipwrecked off Cape Henry. It was uncovered in May 1983 following a severe storm. The ship, constructed of oak and fastened with copper, bronze, and oak treenails, is estimated to have been about 125-150 feet in length and 400-500 tons displacement. It appears to be of European construction and could well bee the bark (barque) Francisco Bella Gamba which sailed from Genoa, Italy, to Baltimore, Maryland, and wrecked off Cape Henry in 1876.
 
Erected by Virginia Beach Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 36° 51.139′ N, 75° 58.547′ W. Marker is in North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Virginia Beach Boardwalk just south of 24th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A portion of the engine from the George Farwell (a few steps from this marker); 24th Street Park (a few steps from this marker);
Stern piece of a ship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
2. Stern piece of a ship Marker
U-boats Off the Mid-Atlantic Coast (a few steps from this marker); The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Coast Guard Virginia Lifeboat Stations (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica Race Point Surfboat (within shouting distance of this marker); Outer planking from a vessel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Life-Saving Station (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Virginia Beach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A close up of the stern • Can you help?
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Mar. 6, 2021