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    Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

    2 High Street
    Portsmouth, VA 23704

    Phone: (757) 393-8591

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    Come explore the fascinating history of America's oldest and largest naval shipyard, which is located on the Portsmouth waterfront. During the Revolutionary War, the shipyard was described by the British as "the most considerable one in America." It's been burned three times by retreating armies because of its strategic importance. The shipyard is also home to the country's first drydock, which is still in use. At its peak during WWII, the yard...

    Come explore the fascinating history of America's oldest and largest naval shipyard, which is located on the Portsmouth waterfront. During the Revolutionary War, the shipyard was described by the British as "the most considerable one in America." It's been burned three times by retreating armies because of its strategic importance. The shipyard is also home to the country's first drydock, which is still in use. At its peak during WWII, the yard employed nearly 43,000 workers. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum offers a unique perspective on U.S. history, from Colonial to Civil War times and beyond. You'll find beautiful ship models, uniforms, military artifacts and exhibits portraying life in 18th, 19th and 20th century Portsmouth. First Weekend Saturdays:Enjoy hands-on activities and educational experiences in maritime history every first Saturday of each month, February through October 2008, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the Lightship Portsmouth!


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