Great Bridge VA to Hampton VA

(The Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA to Hampton City Piers, Hampton VA)

Norfolk 

7/8/18

As far as I know, I never went through the love of dinosaurs or the Pterodactyl stage in childhood, but apparently I was doing it now. So many things seemed to look like some Jurassic primitive animal with a huge beak or mouth.

The  “Jabberwocky-Chimaera” with the jaws that bite, a pterodactyl wing, and the body of a snake.

The derricks and cranes in the vast construction area of Norfolk Navy Yard pecked at large barges of scrap metal and menaced huge sea craft.

The prehistoric, “Metallic-Origami Prototypical Dunking Bird”

“Two-headed Dino-Horse”

Fighting back to back against common foes: divide to conquer

Later, as I looked from Hampton to the edge of the last row of warships at Norfolk, I saw what looked like big guns above the warships at a distance — and more ominous somehow. Again they were cranes and other work structures.

Norfolk is a modern city mixed with old Navy (and a lovely schooner) along the Waterway.

I was awed by the incredible complexity of the ships which looked even more detailed with scaffolding. 

These were just the warships in need of help, and I wondered where the active ones were and what they looked like. The locks keeping people out of the area seemed to look the most fortified.

Some graceful ropes secured and two chains anchored the humongous ships.  

Can you imagine shrink wrapping a warship?

 “Comfort” is a huge, impressive, floating hospital. I hoped it would be fixed soon and back on duty. Injured people everywhere await.

We passed many old buildings of historical value, such as this Naval building called Hospital Point. Tom had me take a picture of marker 36, known as mile zero for the Intracoastal Waterway.

Not far past Norfolk was Hampton, our destination for the day.