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Stingray Point N-76 | Marker History

Stingray Point Marker, N-76

Capt. John Smith led two exploratory voyages in Chesapeake Bay during the summer of 1608. His boat ran aground at the mouth of the Rappahannock River three miles east, on 17 July. While awaiting high tide to float the vessel, he and his men impaled fish with their swords and Smith speared a cow-nose ray that sank its tail spine into his wrist as he tried to remove it. The toxin swelled Smith's arm, shoulder and chest but surgeon Walter Russell applied soothing oil and by evening Smith was well enough to eat the ray for supper. He named the place Stingray Point.

Marker Information:
Additional Information: Original Marker Replaced under Replacement Marker Program using Transportation Equity Act. On Saturday, April 16, 2011 a tornado touched down in Delatville VA. The marker was in the direct path of the tornado, it stood after the tornado passed. Note damage in the background. for the 21st Century (TEA-21) Funds. A Federal program enacted into law in 1998.
Date Approved by DHR: 03/07/07
Year On Marker: 2007
Original Sponsor: Deltaville Community Association
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: Middlesex County
Physical Description of Location: 17121 General Puller Highway (Route 33), Deltaville, VA 23043.
GPS Location: 37.554379,-76.340446
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