The Elizabeth River, explored by Captain John Smith in 1608, was named for Princess Elizabeth. Shipbuilding activity began in 1620 when John Wood, a shipbuilder, requested a land grant. Many historic ships were built at the naval shipyard here, including the USS Delaware, first ship drydocked in America, and CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimac) first ironclad to engage in battle.
Geographic Location: Portsmouth
Physical Description of Location: 10 Crawford Parkway (overlooking the Elizabeth River), Portsmouth, VA 23704.
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