Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
World War I-Era Rudder
Evidence of the Shipyard at Jones Point
Why put a wood rudder on a steel ship?
The answer is unknown, but modifications to shipbuilding and outfitting during times of war were often completed on an ad hoc basis, and were not recorded. A rudder of this type may have been pre-fabricated by a contractor, using more readily available materials. A wooden rudder could also have been produced more quickly, was less costly than a metal rudder, and was easier to repair at sea.
Workers found the rudder while driving piles for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Once pulled from the mud, archaeologists and historians studied the artifact. Though of slightly different shape than the one shown in the diagram at right, research indicates that the rudder is an alternate style for the ships built on site. This fragile artifact is displayed horizontally to provide better support.
Cargo ships produced by this
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 47.563′ N, 77° 2.484′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive 0.2 miles east of South Royal Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in front of the visitors center at Jones Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prehistory to Colonial Settlement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Emerging Nation (about 300 feet away); World Wars to the Present (about 300 feet away); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower (about 600 feet away); The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point (about 600 feet away); Mistress Margaret Brent (about 700 feet away); The Remarkable Margaret Brent (about 700 feet away); A Tale of Three Jurisdictions (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Categories. • War, World I • Waterways & Vessels •
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