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.
Norfolk Waterside Area
The Lock at Great Bridge
Norfolk Ship yards
Working on Bridge over Potomac River
Next post our visit to Washington DC…………