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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1948.
Location. 37° 9.998′ N, 75° 59.333′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. This marker is on the fishing pier at Keptopeke State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles VA 23310, 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 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); Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fisherman Island NWR (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mansion Site (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 8, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.