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The relationship between Moss, Norway and Virginia Beach had its beginnings when the Norwegian ship, Dictator, went down in a storm off Virginia Beach March 27th, 1891. A shipping line in Moss, Norway owned the Dictator. In 1974 the bond forged in…
On March 27, 1891, the stormy Atlantic Ocean caused the Norwegian Bark Dictator to seek haven and repairs in Hampton Roads. Heavily loaded with yellow pine, on a voyage from Pensacola, Florida to England, the Dictator had been damaged by a series …
NAS Oceana started as a fledgling airfield in an isolated area of Princess Anne County. By 1938, as the threat of war was growing closer, carrier squadrons were being established in the area; thousands of new pilots needed training, so the Navy bu…
Naval Aviation Monument
This is a monument to the proud heritage of Naval Aviation that has had many of its beginnings in Hampton Roads. It is here in Hampton Roads that the very first take-off from a ship was made by Eugene Ely in 1910. It is he…
More than 30 marine mammal species come to feed in Virginia's food-rich waters.
All are migratory, and when and where you see them depend on the species.
Bottlenose dolphins and manatees are summer visitors often seen close to the bea…
Because marine mammals are vital members of a balanced ecosystem, Federal laws are in place to minimize the impact of human actives on their health, behavior and habitat. Any action that changes the behavior of a marine mammal is considered harass…
Native wetland vegetation is planted around the edge of the lake providing erosion control, water quality benefits, wildlife habitat, and recreation.
Gently sloping bank is planted with grasses to prevent soil from washing into the lake.
In 1871 Congress created the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS), an organization dedicated to rescuing the men and woman whose ships wrecked off of the United States coast. The USLSS built a total of 285 stations across the country. Five st…
The War of 1812.
Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America's War of 1812 with the British which lasted until 1815. Virginians suffered from a British naval blockade of the …
Navy - Marines - Army - Army Air Corps
Dec. 8, 1941 — May 6, 1943
In honor of the 60,000 "Battling Bastards" of Bataan/Corregidor Philippine Islands
May we never forget their sacrifices