"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 11, 2016

May 10 – Portsmouth, VA

High St. Ferry Dock

“I’m not lost, I’m exploring” –Jana Stanfield

We spent any day at the free dock in Portsmouth. Stan noticed in Great Bridge that he needed some new bearings on his bike...it was still useable but he was worried at some point it would give out. We found a bike shop on High Street that could do the work today, so Stan took his bike in as soon as they opened. We then too the water taxi (ferry) over to Norfolk to take care of another issue Stan was having...his phone died a few days ago. Luckily we had an extra phone for him to use temporally. A visit to the Apple Store at the McArthur Center and he was back in business.

Our friends from Jacksonville arrived in the basin on Miss My Money while we were gone. It was great getting to see them again. They're doing the Great Loop for the second time this year. We all enjoyed a nice dinner at Lobscouser and then did a little exploring on our bikes. It's always nice reconnecting with friends.

Elizabeth River Ferry takes people between Portsmouth and Norfolk
Leaving the High St. ferry dock with Norfolk in the back ground
Waterside ferry stop. Norfolk didn't have much along this part of the river when we were here five years and there is even less now. The building in this picture is completely empty.
Dinner with Barbara and David
Gosport Park gives the history of the Norfolk Navy Shipyard. It was the nation's first government-owned yard, was privately founded as Gosport Shipyard on Nov. 1, 1767. During it's almost 250 years of continuous use, the shipyard has assisted the nation in winning nine major wars, outfitting Great White Fleet ships to sail around the world, scientifically exploring the Pacific and opening Japan to American trade. 
 Sail portion pf USS Thomas Jefferson
Hammerhead Crane was built in 1940, it's a 20-story that can lift 350 tons. It is the largest crane of it's type in the world. It uses have included lifting a tugboat from the water, hoisting 16-inch gun turrets onto battleships and removing a superstructure from a Liberty Ship. This Portsmouth landmark is still used today.
Part of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard dry docks. The shipyard employed 43,000 people during WWII. 
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