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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“The Beginning”

 

—Path of History Portsmouth, VA —

 
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
Inscription. Founded November 1767 under the British flag by Andrew Sprowle, a Scottish-born merchant, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard is the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously operating shipyard and actually predates the United States Navy Department by nearly 30 years.

Known for most of its first century as “Gosport Navy Yard," after the Royal Navy dockyard at Portsmouth, England, its name was changed by common usage in 1862 to Norfolk, taking the name of the county in which it was located.

During its 235-plus years, Norfolk Naval Shipyard has assisted the nation in winning nine major wars, outfitting Great White Fleet ships to sail around the world, scientifically exploring the Pacific and opening Japan to American trade.

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Local tax rolls show that Andrew Sprowle was in Virginia by 1733. The hardworking Scot quickly became a leading merchant. He was elected president of the Court of Virginia Merchants in 1739. This would have been a typical scene on his wharves. He conducted trade and also built, sold and repaired ships.
 
Location. 36° 49.637′ N, 76° 17.804′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Markers
. Located in Gosport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Gosport Park south entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
3. Gosport Park south entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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