“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress

Battleship <i>Wisconsin</i>: A Floating Fortress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress Marker
Inscription. Battleship Wisconsin and the sister-ships of the Iowa Class arguably hold a symbolic status as monuments in naval surface warship design. Unlike torpedo boats, tin-can destroyers, flat-top aircraft carriers, and pig-boat submarines, the teak decks and towering masts of Wisconsin have perceivable design connections to a bygone era of romance, glory and naval lore. In the great Nelsonian line-of-battle tradition, the Wisconsin silhouette features visible elements of armored big-gun firpower and elegant line.

Formally placed into U.S. Navy commission on 16 April 1944, the bluejackets and officers of Wisconsin shared a common and unique bond as battleship sailors-serving aboard a vessel that was distinctively important to the fleet. Following centuries of naval tradition and surface warship development, Wisconsin is formidably armed with a main battery of three 16"/50 gun turrets and a secondary battery of five duo-purpose 5"/38 gun mounts. Accommodating various types of aircraft, the decks of the Wisconsin once bristled with numerous antiaircraft gun mounts in World War II, the Korean War, and throughout the Cold War. During the Persian Gulf War, the Wisconsin crew coordinated the first Tomahawk missile strikes against Iraq using contemporary communications and intelligence
Battleship <i>Wisconsin</i> image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. Battleship Wisconsin
gathering equipment.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.862′ N, 76° 17.654′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Waterside Drive and Boush Street. Touch for map. This marker sits on the dock that houses this ship. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64 (here, next to this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk (here, next to this marker); Surveying the Land & Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cannonball Trail (about 300 feet away); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (about 300 feet away); The Cedar (about 300 feet away); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
Categories. Military
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,059 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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