South Thimble Island in Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here
Shields of the Republic
The U-boat peril reached these waters when a submarine mined the entrance to the Bay in 1942. Eventually, air power and important new tools like radar defeated the menace.
The legacy of the 20th century for Hampton Roads was a more permanent relationship with the Navy. Norfolk became the Navy's capital, and remains so today. The region weathered the storms of the Cold War, like the Cuban missile crisis and Navy ships continued to deploy for a conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and other places.
A tug attempts to save S.S. Tiger (a Tanker), Tiger was torpedoed by the German U-754 just after midnight on April 1, 1942, after she had reduced speed to pick up a pilot before entering Chesapeake Bay. She sank during salvage efforts the next day.
On January 17, 1950 the Battleship USS Missouri went hard aground on Thimble Shoals to the west of here. Her momentum forced her well into the shallows. The efforts
Convoy GUS 15 arrives in the Bay from Gibraltar in World War II. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bomber aircraft fly overhead.
Erected by Hampton Roads Naval Museum Local History World Events.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1889.
Location. 36° 57.983′ N, 76° 6.773′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is on South Thimble Island. Marker is on Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chesapeake Bay: History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to Admiral de Grasse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay: History Happened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened HereAdam Thorowgood (approx. 4.2 miles away); Meeting of Three Commanders (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
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