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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Betsy

 
 
The Betsy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 23, 2016
1. The Betsy Marker
Inscription.
The marker is made up of two panels.

Panel 1:
The Betsy
was built in the port of Whitehaven in 1772 for use in the coal trade. During 1780, the British Navy leased her as a transport assigned to a convoy bound for North America, where she joined Cornwallis’s fleet at Yorktown. The British sunk nearly 50 ships between Yorktown and Gloucester during the Revolutionary War to impede the French fleet. The Betsy, one of these, was scuttled by her British crew on September 16, 1781, about ½ mile east of this site.

This model of The Betsy was built entirely from recycled materials. There are many creative ways to protect the Chesapeake Bay’s natural resources and this model illustrates one of these ways – re-using materials that might otherwise pollute the Bay

Constructed and donated to the Watermen’s Museum by Tim Rindfleisch, Biologist, York County, VA, May 16, 2001

Panel 2:
In the mid eighteenth century the Chesapeake bay, and ports along the rivers leading to the Bay, were areas of great shipping activity between England and the colonies. The Bay offered great access to the many navigable rivers that could carry cargo ships and troop ships to the region’s towns and cities, including the nation’s capital.

The Betsy was a collier, a
The Betsy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 23, 2016
2. The Betsy Marker
Note the replica of The Betsy made of recycled materials. The Watermen's Museum can be seen in the background.
unique style cargo ship with a rounded bow and shallow draft.

A team of underwater archaeologists from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Historic Resources, led by John D. Broadwater excavated The Betsy in the mid 1980’s. Her hull still lies in place, filled with sand to protect her from further deterioration.

Both photos of The Betsy carry captions of “©1995 John D. Broadwater”
 
Location. 37° 14.347′ N, 76° 30.623′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Water Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker and replica are on the grounds of the Watermen's Museum, to the right of the museum. The museum is on Water Street, to the right going west, just after passing under the George P. Coleman bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Watermen's Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Aviation Field Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown's Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Join the Adventure (within shouting distance of this marker); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake Bay Watermen (within shouting distance of this marker); York River Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yorktown Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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