“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: Berthed in Norfolk

the Homeport of Naval History

Battleship <i>Wisconsin</i>: Berthed in Norfolk, the Homeport of Naval History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk, the Homeport of Naval History Marker
Inscription. Redefining the skyline of downtown Norfolk, battleship Wisconsin stands stoically with dominating presence. After months of dredging and construction, Wisconsin majestically slipped into the seemingly tailored berth without a hitch on 7 December 2000—fifty-seven years after the warship was originally launched. Berthing the 45,000 ton, 887.3 foot long, and 108 foot wide battleship was a major feat of engineering. The waters of the Elizabeth River around Nauticus are extremely shallow for the 37 foot deep draft of Wisconsin. Varying tidal and weather conditions further complicated the berthing facility design. Working in conjunction with City of Norfolk and U.S. Navy planners, architects from the Norfolk-based firm Glenn & Sadler designed the channel and berthing facility next to Nauticus. Chained securely for hurricane force winds, Wisconsin presently floats on the water at an average of two to four feet above the bottom. This marker made possible by a gift from Glenn & Sadler, a Division of Transystems Corporation.
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° 
The ship image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. The ship
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 with the 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: A Floating Fortress (here, next to this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64 (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
Also see . . .  USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Wikipedia article. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.) 
Categories. Military
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,130 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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