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Craney Island

 
 
Craney Island Marker K 266 close-up image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, November 19, 2010
1. Craney Island Marker K 266 close-up
Inscription. Seven miles northeast in the Elizabeth River is Craney Island, a landmark of two wars. During the War of 1812, the British attacked its fortifications on 22 June 1813, but were repulsed by its defenders including the Portsmouth artillery. During the Civil War, while abandoning Norfolk in April 1861, the Union forces scuttled the USS Merrimack. The Confederates refloated it and transformed it into their first ironclad, the CSS Virginia. Famous for its duel to a draw with the USS Monitor, the Virginia was scuttled at Craney Island on 11 May 1862, when the Confederates evacuated Norfolk.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 266.)
 
Location. 36° 50.652′ N, 76° 21.986′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of High Street West (U.S. 17) and Duke Drive, on the right when traveling east on High Street West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3145 Duke Drive, Portsmouth VA 23703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benedict Arnold at Portsmouth (approx. 1.9 miles away); City of Portsmouth (approx. 2.2 miles away); Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986
Craney Island Marker K 266 looking east image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, November 19, 2010
2. Craney Island Marker K 266 looking east
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Confederate Section (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Luke Porter (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dale Point (approx. 3.4 miles away); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesWar of 1812War, US Civil
 
Craney Island Marker K 266 looking west image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, November 19, 2010
3. Craney Island Marker K 266 looking west
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 830 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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