Through Norfolk Naval Shipyard area and up the Potomac River

Once we returned to the boat, we visited Norfolk and toured the new Waterside area and the Nauticus Museum with Scott and Mary from the motor vessel Jaycie Lynn.  The battleship Wisconsin is on display at the Nauticus Museum. The Battleship Wisconsin served in World War II, Korea, and Desert Storm.  It was launched in 1944 and decommissioned in 1991.  It is 887’ long and had a crew of up to 2800 men.

We continued our trek north from Atlantic Yacht Basin (AYB) where the first encounter along the water way is a lift bridge and a lock.   The lock is a small 2’ drop, but it was the first lock we traveled through since last year on the rivers. We will not see another lock until the Erie Canal at Waterford north of New York City.

The trip through Norfolk Naval Shipyard area seemed overwhelming with all the war ships undergoing refurbishment and construction.   One of the aircraft carriers was heading out to sea as we passed through the area.  It was nice of them to put on a show for us. We also saw ocean going container ships in the harbor.

Once past Norfolk, we traveled up the Chesapeake Bay which is very wide and reminded us of Lake Michigan.  The bay was calm and flat on our way to the Potomac River.  We left the Bay to travel up the Potomac to visit Washington DC.  It took two days to make the trip up the river to Washington DC.

Our trip up the Potomac took us past the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge at Newburg Virginia.  The bridge has 135’ clearance above the water in the center.  There were workers suspended in bucket booms below the bridge.  They would be a candidate for the worst jobs television program.

We stayed at the Colonial Beach Yacht Center marina where we ate at Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar right off the Potomac River. The restaurant had a small beach with old skis fashioned into benches, old power boats as art, and sand boxes for the children. Very rustic, but we received good service with tasty food.

The trip continued past Quantico, Mount Vernon, Fort Washington, and many additional sights.  Our next blog post will be about visiting Washington DC.

 

Battleship Wisconsin

 

 

Norfolk Waterside Area

 

 

 

The lift bridge at Great Bridge just past Atlantic Yacht Basin

 

The Lock at Great Bridge

 

Norfolk Ship yards

 

Calm Seas on the Chesapeake Bay

 

Working on Bridge over Potomac River

 

 

Fort Washington on the Potomac River

 

Next post our visit to Washington DC…………

6 replies
  1. Craig Lewis
    Craig Lewis says:

    You were so lucky with a calm Chesapeake….very rare! The Federal Troy lock is before Waterford….about a 10 ft lift. Just north of Albany. Ride the tide up the Hudson and you will gain a couple of knots.

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    • Teresa Lasher
      Teresa Lasher says:

      Craig,

      We were indeed fortunate to have a smooth Chesapeake ride according to many others whom it did not go so well. Now the Neuse River was a completely different story …

      Thanks for commenting and watching our travels. Say hello to Donna and Dylan for us.

      Blessings,
      Steve & Teresa

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  2. Henk Witte
    Henk Witte says:

    My dear friends,

    All of your blogs bring back great memories of our trips through the same areas. We look forward to blogs covering the Hudson and the Erie Canal. See you in September.

    Henk

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    • Teresa Lasher
      Teresa Lasher says:

      Dear Henk,

      We are glad this brings back fond memories for you & your trips. I remember reading your blogs & wondering if we’d be capable of accomplishing the Great Loop on a boat of our own. And here we are 3/4 the way through our journey!

      We look forward to seeing our LYC friends in September!

      Blessings,
      Steve & Teresa

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  3. Jean Blondin
    Jean Blondin says:

    Really like your postings! Well done! I did the run from Fort Myers to Niagara a year ago as a crew member. Unfortunately missed a lot of great excursions like this one. I will be going back with our own biat soon! And yes, Chesapeake Bay was not that nice us!

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    • Teresa Lasher
      Teresa Lasher says:

      So glad you are following along with us. Jean. Appreciate your comments.

      DC was certainly a highlight for us especially since we had never been in the city before.
      I hope your dream comes true to go back with your boat!

      Blessings,
      Teresa & Steve

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