When a fortuitous opportunity to visit Norfolk, Virginia presented itself in early April 2018, MoMI seized the initiative. As home to the world's largest naval base, Norfolk provides the naval history enthusiast with a wealth of things to see and do; however, the city also features a charming and revitalised waterfront, historic homes, and a number of museums. Enjoy the following photo tour of some of what Norfolk has to offer.
Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
|The baggage hall at Norfolk International Airport. Doors on the left side exit to the arrivals pick-up zone.|
|An American Airlines air sickness bag.|
Below: The front and reverse sides of an American Airlines baggage tag.
Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel
Below: The keycard and keycard envelope for Room 1621, Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel.
|The impressive atrium of the Hilton Norfolk The Main. The reception desk is located under the tall contemporary mural along the back wall.|
|The corridor on the 16th floor of the hotel.|
|The door to Room 1621 of the Hilton Norfolk The Main.|
|Room 1621 of the Hilton Norfolk The Main hotel. A large picture window overlooks Norfolk harbour and the Elizabeth River.|
Out and About in Norfolk
|A coaster from the Blue Moon Tap House at Norfolk's Waterside District.|
|An exterior view of the Waterside District building, as seen from the boardwalk that runs along the Elizabeth River. Patios for a couple of the larger restaurants overlook the river.|
Below: A pamphlet showing the route of the Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk, Virginia.
Below: A pamphlet for the Pagoda & Oriental Garden in Norfolk, Virginia.
|The Koi pond at the centre of the the Oriental Gardens in downtown Norfolk.|
A bridge traverses the Koi pond, with its lanterns, fountains, and native Asian plants.
Below: A brochure on Norfolk's Cannonball Trail of historic sites.
|An overhead view of the U.S. Customs House, located at 101 East Main Street, Norfolk. The building is across the street from the Hilton Norfolk The Main hotel.|
|One of the light rail trains known as The Tide operated by Hampton Roads Transit. The Tide runs roughly east-west across 7.4 miles of Norfolk, with 11 stations. Here, a train runs along Plume Street.|
|The interior of the MacArthur Center mall, showing the three levels of shopping, dining, and entertainment space.|
The Slover Library's modern glass tower and atrium. The library was designed to blend traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services, with 138,000 square feet of space.
|The Virginia Building, at the intersection of Granby and Plume Streets. The six-storey building was built in the early 1900s and now houses luxury condominiums, with a rooftop lounge featuring two outdoor patios and an indoor resident lounge.|
|A tombstone for one of Norfolk's 19th century citizens buried in the graveyard at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. This stone belongs to Hugh Finley, born in County Down, Ireland, who was a Norfolk merchant before his death at age 56 on 22 June 1816.|
|The parish hall on the grounds of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.|
Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise
|The ticket for the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise, 3 April 2018.|
|The Norfolk waterfront, as seen from the deck of Victory Rover as it cruised up the Elizabeth River before heading downriver toward the Norfolk Naval Base.|
|Victory Rover passes astern of the retired Iowa-class battleship USS Wisconsin, now a museum ship moored next to the Nauticus science and maritime museum.|
|The bulk carriers An Ping (30,962 gross tons) and Zhengrong (41,951 gross tons) docked at the Norfolk Southern coal piers to take on loads of metallurgical coal.|
|The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD-24), commissioned on 8 February 2013.|
|Two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers at Naval Station Norfolk: on the left, the USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109), commissioned on 13 November 2010; on the right, the USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), commissioned on 8 December 2001.|
|The USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188), a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler that entered service with Military Sealift Command in April 1987. She is a non-commissioned ship of the US Navy, primarily crewed by civilians.|
|Looking at the lines of docked US Navy warships at Naval Station Norfolk from the bow of the Victory Rover tour boat as it returns to Norfolk's Town Point Park.|
|Tugs push a barge loaded with containers, with the cranes of one of the Virginia Port Authority's cargo facilities in the background.|
|Seen here cruising up the Elizabeth River is the tug Sarah Dann, operated by Dann Ocean Towing of Tampa, Florida. The tug was built in 1983 by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana and is powered by two MTU 12V4000 M53 3,700 horsepower diesel engines.|
|The Victory Rover returns to Town Point Park to disembark sightseers and prepare for the afternoon harbour cruise that departs at 2:00pm daily.|
Nauticus Maritime Museum and USS Wisconsin
Below: The guide provided to admission-paying visitor to Nauticus.
|An overhead view of the ticket counter at Nauticus. Admission includes access to both the Nauticus science centre and museum, and the USS Wisconsin moored outside. A large maritime-themed gift shop is located to the left of the ticket counter.|
|A moving walkway takes Nauticus ticketholders up to the third floor galleries and exhibits. Along the ride up, passengers are entertained by a short video covering the history and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay area.|
|An optical range finder from the USS Wisconsin, used to measure distance from the ship. An enlarged photo mural in the background depicts the entire crew of the Wisconsin, numbering over 1,900 officers and ratings.|
|The uniform of Commodore William Talbot Truxtun, USN, commander of the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1885-86.|
|An exhibit on the destruction of the armoured cruiser USS Maine in Havana harbour on 15 February 1898 and the subsequent Spanish-American War.|
|An image overlaying the range of the USS Wisconsin's 5-inch and 16-inch guns on a map of the Hampton Roads region to demonstrate the impressive range of these weapons.|
|A graphic demonstration of the weight of a 16-inch naval projectile of the type fired from the USS Wisconsin's main guns. Each shell weighed as much as a Volkswagen Beetle automobile.|
|Looking aft from the bow of USS Wisconsin. The ship's two forward turrets, each mounting three 16" guns can be seen.|
|The Executive Officer's bedroom, located off the larger space that served as lounge and office.|
Officers' wash space, with sinks and shower stalls.
|A smaller stateroom for a more junior ranking officer, equipped with a small desk, wash basin, mirror, and cabinets, as well as a bunk (not seen).|
|In contrast to the relatively comfortable quarters enjoyed by Wisconsin's officers, enlisted personnel slept in large dormitory style compartments outfitted with bunk beds and with little storage space for personal items.|
|More communications gear occupies racks in the Communications Center, once a restricted space containing much classified cryptographic equipment.|
|Radiomen, teletype operators, Communications Yeomen, and Electronics Technicians maintained a 24/7 watch in the Communications Center, even when the ship was docked.|
|The USS Wisconsin's post office, which functioned much as a regular US Postal Service outlet on shore, processing regular and registered mail and selling stamps and money orders.|
|More crew bunks in an endless maze of accommodation spaces below decks.|
|Looking down one of USS Wisconsin's long passageways, the compartmentalisation of sections clearly evident from the watertight hatches between compartments.|
|The Educational Services Office aboard USS Wisconsin maintained a library of publications to assist crewmen in keeping up to date on their naval trades, as well as enhance their skills and knowledge for the purposes of promotion.|
|Posters encouraged the ship's sailors not to waste food.|
|The cafeteria-style mess where sailors ate their meals. This arrangement reflects the USS Wisconsin's 1987-88 refit, which incorporated modern conveniences, such as the soft drink dispensers and ice cream machines fitted in the mess.|
|The cafeteria-style mess runs through several large compartments, providing seating for hundreds at a time.|
|A final look at the USS Wisconsin, moored along the waterfront of downtown Norfolk.|
|A view inside the Nauticus marine science centre and museum.|
Below: A pamphlet for the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.
|From the gallery devoted to the naval battles of the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812, visitors move into the gallery devoted to the Civil War period (1861-1865).|
|A cannonball from the CSS Virginia, as well as the ship's bell.|
|A gallery devoted to the Confederate commerce raider CSS Florida. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is the official repository of the remains of two Civil War warships, the CSS Florida and the USS Cumberland.|
|A display about the massive influx into the Hampton Roads region of new naval recruits during the Second World War, including the lively nightlife enjoyed by sailors on shore leave in Norfolk.|
A gallery devoted to the Battle of the Atlantic.
|A model of USS Alabama (BB-60) sits under a quote from America's best known naval theorist and strategist, Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914), author of the influential book, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783.|
|A statue of General Douglas MacArthur stands in front of the Memorial.|
Below: A brochure and tour guide for the MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk, Virginia.
|One of a pair of cloissone vases crafted by Japanese potter Tamigoro Hayashi and presented to General MacArthur in 1946. They are now known as the MacArthur Vases.|
|Some of the gifts received by General MacArthur during his time as head of the occupation forces in postwar Japan: 19th century Imari porcelain plates and vases, ceramic temple dragons, and a gold lacquered chest presented by Empress Nagako.|
|A mural entitled Reminiscences (1966), by Alton S. Tobey, depicting the life of General MacArthur from 1880 to 1964.|
|The MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center features a gallery for special exhibits, General MacArthur's personal staff car and other Second World War vehicles, and a theatre showing a 27-minute biographical documentary about MacArthur.|
|The special exhibits gallery in the MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center. In April 2018, this gallery featured an exhibit entitled, Over Here, Over There: America's Homefront & Expeditionary Force in World War I.|
Norfolk Southern Museum
|A Norfolk and Western locomotive bell, 1920s-1940s.|
|An exhibit dedicated to the safety measures Norfolk Southern Railway has instituted, with historic photos and signage on display.|