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

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“1812-1833”

 

—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. After the War of 1812, the shipyard helped repel an invasion of Craney Island and the USS Chesapeake was captured off Nova Scotia. Gosport continued to expand and improve. The keel of the USS Delaware was laid in the summer of 1817. The ship, launched October 21, 1820, was one of the largest warships in the world.

Construction of the first graving dock in the Western Hemisphere began in November 1827. On June 17, 1833, during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, who had twice visited to watch the dock's construction, the USS Delaware became the first American vessel to be dry docked. Dry Dock 1 continues to be utilized.

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(left) This illustration shows some of the procedures used in building and repairing wooden ships in the early 1800s.
(right) Dry docking skills and equipment have changed many times through the years and so have the vessels accommodated.
 
Location. 36° 49.644′ N, 76° 17.816′ 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. 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
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (here, next to 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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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