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Drydock No 1


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1799/12/02 Joshua Humphreys Naval Architect USS Chesapeake is launched. The first ship built at Gosport Navy Yard in 1798-1799, Chesapeake is one of a group of six frigates authorized by Congress to Provide a Naval Armament. Capture of USS Chesapeake
1833/00/00 Norfolk Naval Shipwrights Shipyard Drydock Number One is built of Massachusetts granite between 1827 and 1834 at a cost $974,365.65.
1833/06/17 The 74-gun ship-of-the-line USS Delaware becomes the first ship to enter a dry dock in America.
1833/07/29 Andrew Jackson Commander in Chief Recommissioned on 15 July 1833, the Delaware receives President Andrew Jackson aboard.
1850/02/14 Francis Grice Naval Architect Designed and built by Frank Grice and his collaborator Captain Neely, the USS Powhatan, a sidewheel steam frigate, is launched by the Norfolk Navy Yard.
1861/04/20 USS Pawnee arrives at Gosport Navy Yard on the night of April 20th, unsuccessful in destroying the Naval stores and the dry dock, she tows the frigate USS CUMBERLAND to safety while Union forces retreat to Ft Monroe. Battle of Hampton Roads
1861/04/20 Cmdre MCCAULEY, solitary and alone, without officers (except Lt Semmes), gives the orders to scuttle 9 ships, spike 3000 guns and to destroy Gosport Navy Yard. USS Merrimack is burned to the waterline and scuttled. Battle of Hampton Roads
1861/05/30 Confederates raise the Merrimack and tow it to Gosport's graving dock, (today's Drydock No 1). Designed by Naval Constructor and Portsmouth native, John L Porter, she is converted into the ironclad CSS Virginia. Battle of Hampton Roads
1862/05/10 Retreating Confederates burn Gosport Navy Yard while the US Navy retakes control. Battle of Hampton Roads

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Particulars for Drydock No 1:
Era Age of Sail
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Maritime
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Naval Facility
Sight Category Structure
Historic Use Water Works

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 26th February 1970

Registry Name: Drydock No. 1
Registry Address: Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Registry Number: 70000862
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Area in Acres: 2
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Maritime history
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1827, 1834
Historic Function: Industry, processing, extraction, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Naval facility, Water works
Current Function: Defense, Industry, processing, extraction
Current Sub-Function: Naval facility Water works

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