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Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley

 
 
Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
1. Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley Marker
Inscription. According to tradition, ferry service across the Elizabeth River was first established near this location in 1636 by Captain Adam Thoroughgood and operated by Lower Norfolk County. The earliest ferries were simply skiffs rowed by men. Later larger paddle wheel vessels were propelled by horses or mules on treadmills. In 1715, Major Samuel Boush was running two ferries for an annual fee of three thousand pounds of tobacco. The first steam ferry to serve Norfolk and Portsmouth was the “Gosport,” built in Portsmouth and outfitted in Philadelphia. Her first run was in 1832. The crossing time was reduced to five minutes. In 1840, the passenger fare was three cents. With the advent of the automobile, ferries were redesigned to handle cars and trucks. Even though the Downtown Tunnel opened in May 1952, vehicular ferries continued to cross the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth until the end of August 1955. The present Norfolk-Portsmouth passenger ferries, reinstated in 1983, continue a tradition of more than three centuries.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 50.62′ N, 76° 17.464′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Waterside Drive. Touch for map. Along
Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
2. Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley Marker
the Elizabeth River next to the ferry landing behind The Waterside building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Underground Railroad (here, next to this marker); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norfolk 1682 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Customhouse, 1859 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commercial Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); Four Farthing or Town Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Navy Escort Carriers Based in Norfolk (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Additional keywords. Cannonball Trail
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
<i>Water Front, Norfolk, Va.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Publishing Company, 1905
3. Water Front, Norfolk, Va.
Two ferries are visible here in the foreground, with Portsmouth (right) and Berkley (left) visible in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 610 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 7, 2015. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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