Model of CSS Virginia (aka Merrimac ), which participated with the USS Monitor in the famous battle of ironclads at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 9, 1862. This battle made wooden ships obsolete and changed the course of Nava
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Established in 1949 within the nation's oldest
shipyard, the museum was later moved in 1963 to the Portsmouth
waterfront at Riverfront Park. At the new location, visitors
can experience a steady stream of vessels from pleasure craft
to aircraft carriers.
The museum displays many ship models and artifacts
related to the armed forces, including the history of the naval
shipyard, the Portsmouth area, and the history of the world famous
C.S.S. Virginia (formerly the Merrimac). Ship models, uniforms,
flags and arms of all types, from early muskets to the Polaris
missile, are featured. Exhibits also portray the lifestyle and
history of 18th and 19th century Portsmouth.
The Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth was
established in 1767 under the British flag. Famous Naval vessels
associated with the shipyard and highlighted at the museum are: the
U.S. Frigate Chesapeake, which was built in Portsmouth in the late
18th century; the U.S.S. Delaware, which was the first ship
drydocked in the United States at Portsmouth; and the U.S.
Shangri-la, launched in 1944, which was one of 101 naval vessels
built at the shipyard to serve during World War II.
Documentation includes a text report, several
brochures, 15 photographs and numerous newspaper articles, and
jackets from books about Portsmouth and naval history.
Originally submitted by: Norman Sisisky, Representative (4th District).
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