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Elizabeth River Q-8-k | Marker History

Elizabeth River Marker, Q-8-k

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.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1959
Region: Tidewater Region
Geographic Location: Portsmouth
Physical Description of Location: 10 Crawford Parkway (overlooking the Elizabeth River), Portsmouth, VA 23704.
GPS Location: 36.840298,-76.299256
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