Portsmouth

Gosport was established on the other side of Crab Creek, mimicking the pattern of Portsmouth/Gosport in England
Gosport was established on the other side of Crab Creek, mimicking the pattern of Portsmouth/Gosport in England
Source: Library of Congress, Plan of Princess Ann and Norfolk counties (178_?)

during the American Revolution, the British occupied Portsmouth and considered using it as their deepwater base in 1781, before finally choosing the port at Yorktown
during the American Revolution, the British occupied Portsmouth and considered using it as their deepwater base in 1781, before finally choosing the port at Yorktown
Source: Library of Congress, Plan de Portsmouth en Virginie (c.1781)

modern-day Town Point in Norfolk is upstream of Portsmouth and the Gosport Navy Yard
modern-day Town Point in Norfolk is upstream of Portsmouth and the Gosport Navy Yard
Source: Library of Congress, Map of the city of Norfolk and the town of Portsmouth (1851)

in 1861, the navy yard in Gosport was separated from the rest of Portsmouth by Crab Creek
in 1861, the navy yard in Gosport was separated from the rest of Portsmouth by Crab Creek
Source: Library of Congress, Plan of the harbor of Norfolk and Portsmouth, March 1st, 1861

Portsmouth in 1891
Portsmouth in 1891
Source: Library of Congress, Bird's eye view of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Berkley, Norfolk Co., Va

a pre-World War II postcard shows the western entrance to the Midtown Tunnel beneath the Elizabeth River
a pre-World War II postcard shows the western entrance to the Midtown Tunnel beneath the Elizabeth River
Source: Boston Public Library, Portsmouth entrance to Norfolk - Portsmouth, Virginia Tunnel

the Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad competed with the Petersburg Railroad to draw trade to the Elizabeth River
the Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad competed with the Petersburg Railroad to draw trade to the Elizabeth River
Source: University of Virginia Library, Plan of the Portsmouth & Roanoke Rail-Road and Trace of the Petersburg Rail Road (by Thos. H. Williamson, c.1835-1840)

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Why Was the Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth Burned Three Times, Rather Than Defended?

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