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

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“World War II”

 

— 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.  The yard’s employment peak of 43,000 workers was reached during World War II when the yard bustled with activity, building nearly 30 major vessels and repairing 6,850 U.S. and Allied ships. The shipyard also built 20 tank-landing ships and 50 medium-landing craft.

The shipyard expanded from 352 acres to 747 acres with more than four miles of waterfront. Dry Dock 8 was built to accommodate the Navy’s largest ships.

With the close of World War II, the shipyard resumed a peacetime role thatwas accompanied by a reduction in activity and in the number of employees.

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(left) These landing craft were given a high priority when the Allies began preparing for amphibious assaults on European shores and Japanese-held Pacific islands.
(center) More than 100,00 persons watched and millions listened on the radio as the Navy launched the aircraft carrier Shangri-La on February 24, 1944. Shipyarders, who had worked 750,000 man-days building the warship were given an hour off to view the event. Given its name as a result 0f America’s first air raid on Japan from the aircraft carrier Hornet,
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By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Gosport Park north entrance
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the ship launched its own attack on Tokyo.
(right) Shift change in 1943 for many of nearly 43,000 employees of the Norfolk Navy Yard.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1914.
 
Location. 36° 49.707′ N, 76° 17.841′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Located in Gosport Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Sail portion of the USS Thomas Jefferson (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);
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a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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