Concrete Ships Historical

Concrete Ships Historical (HM1UWJ)

Location: Cape Charles, VA 23310 Northampton County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 9.998', W 75° 59.333'

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Kiptopeke State Park

Placed in 1948 to create a breakwater for the ferry system, these nine World War II-era concrete ships provide a unique habitat for birds and marine life.

Due to a steel shortage, these ships were built out of concrete in the early 1940s by McCloskey and Company of Philadelphia. They were primarily used as cargo ships transporting freight to allied forces in Japan and in training exercises in the Pacific.

While fishing near the ships is permitted, please do not attempt to anchor to or board the ships. For more information about concrete ships, please visit

The concrete ships provide an excellent habitat for a variety of species, including striped bass, flounder, tautog and black sea bass. Ospreys and pigeons also use the concrete ships for nesting.

Catalogue of Ships... *S.S. William Foster Cowham *S.S. John Grant *S.S. Robert Whitman Lesley *S.S. Richard Kidder Meade *S.S. Willard A. Pollard *S.S. Willis A. Slater *S.S. Arthur Newell Talbot *S.S. Edward Thatcher *S.S. Leonard Chase Wason
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Date Added Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 412204 N 4113815
Decimal Degrees37.16663333, -75.98888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.998', W 75° 59.333'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 59.88" N, 75° 59' 19.98" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Cape Charles VA 23310, US
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