Hawthorn At Governor Dinwiddi

506 Dinwiddie At High Street
The Governor Dinwiddie Hotel & Suites
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Travel Tips for Portsmouth

7th Annual Old Towne Scottish Walk (2004)

by grandmaR

At some Sunday in late December (this year it was Sunday December 28, 2003) people gather for some kind of parade at the corner of Queen and Washington at 3:30 and walk from there to the foot of High Street ferry terminus

Apparently anyone can join, and afterwards there is free whisky tasting (21 and over with a designated driver).

This is a Hogmanay celebration.

We weren't able to do this since it we were not there on the right date but it certainly sounds interesting.

MM 000.4 TIdewater Yacht near ICW mile zero

by grandmaR

We decided to go past Old Point Comfort Marina since the Chamberlain Hotel (almost the only place to eat) and the commissary have both closed. I couldn't get Waterside on the phone, so made a reservation here. It was a mistake.

They charged us $!.30/ft plus $5.00 for 30 amp and the marina was subject to a LOT of wakes. I could hardly get off the boat because the boat was bobbing around so much. They have fixed docks, so I had to climb over the lifelines.

The anchorage right outside the marina is free, but it is even more subject to wakes (and wind) than the marina. It is also sort of dirty with stuff in the water.

The photo shows the marina and anchorage from the ICW (on the left) and looking down the dock towards the restaurant and office (on the right) It was a warm day, and they are supposed to have a pool in the floating docks, but it was closed. The advertised "internet access" was $3.00-it is free most places. And the store charged $2.15 for a loaf of bread, and $7.15 for some light bulbs. The restaurant is also expensive.

Their website says: "Transients Welcome
Annual Slips Available. (They have 100 transient slips)
325 floating & fixed slips
in a protected basin
3 new A/C Bathhouses
New 180' T-Dock
Located in heart of all
waterfront festivals
Walk to antique shops,
banks, movies, restaurants,
museums, & post office
New Floating Pool & 2 party
decks
Satellite TV, Electrical
30/50/100 amp, On site
security
Internet Access
Complete Marina Ship's Store
with charts, shoes, groceries
& accessories Halfway point between New York
and Florida, Mile Zero on
Intracoastal Waterway
A service department & Fast 60-Ton
Travelift
River Ferry, Laundry, Rental Cars &
Limousines
One of the area's best restaurants -
Amory's Wharf
Best Texaco fuel prices with diesel
quantity discounts
Minutes away from Norfolk
International Airport & MacArthur
Shopping Center featuring
Nordstrom
Next to Holiday Inn & New
Renaissance Convention &
Conference Center
New Yacht Club meeting facility
1? Personal Property Boat Tax
(LOWEST in Virginia)

MM 000.7 ICW Ocean Marine

by grandmaR

This marina looked like a ghost place when we went past - I am assuming that some soft structure (like one that was covered with tarps) was torn apart in Isabel

Ocean Marine is a Factory Authorized Dealer for
Borg Warner :: CAT :: Cummins :: CruisAir :: Crusader :: Detroit :: Hino :: Lugger :: MAN
Mercruiser :: Northern Lights :: Onan :: Twin Disc :: Volvo :: Westerbeke :: Yanmar :: ZF
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The mega yacht portion of the operation can lift yachts 235+ feet in length and accommodate yachts up to 400+ feet in length for alongside services. The facility features an 80-ton Travelift, a 1,250-ton Synchrolift, a rail transfer system, and a mega yacht service building. The Travelift is located at the southern end of the facility and is available for lifting smaller yachts out of the water. The Synchrolift is used to elevate mega yachts out of the water (the technology used in a Synchrolift ensures even pressure is being placed on the keel while it is raised out of the water). Once a mega yacht is raised out of the water, the yacht is placed onto a rail transfer system which allows yachts to be moved to one of seven exterior or two interior workstations. The mega yacht facility will feature indoor repair facility with two workstations with an overall dimension of 140 feet by 240 feet and a vertical clearance of 80 feet. The indoor portion of the repair facility will enable workers to repair yachts year around. We have not stayed here. The marina has floating docks.

Slip sizes range from 35 feet to 65 feet. In addition to 36 transient slips, there is an additional 1,000 feet of linear dockage to accommodate yachts up to 400+ feet in length. Each slip has hook-ups for electricity, cable television/internet, telephone, and potable water. Fueling and pump out ($5)services are also provided. There are also laundry facilities. They have a well stocked marine store, and a courtesy car for shopping. I don't know the current rates, but two years ago it was $1.25/ft.

Portsmouth Lightship

by grandmaR

Even though it was the first of November it was just too hot for me to walk to the National Historic Landmark Portsmouth Light Ship.

HISTORY
Lightship Vessel #101 was launched on January 12, 1916. Her first station was off Cape Charles, Virginia beginning in the Fall of 1916. She was named CHARLES and her home port was Portsmouth. During the next 8 years she sustained 8 collisions with ships passing through the Capes...

In 1924 she underwent an overhaul. The rebuilt ship was sent to a new station in 1926. Renamed OVERFALLS, she was stationed off Cape Henlopen, Delaware, with Cape May, NJ as her home port. During the next 15 years she was hit about 16 times by ships...

In the beginning of 1964 she was ordered to Boston for decommissioning. While underway to Boston she broke down and had to be towed in.... The ship was donated upon request to the City of Portsmouth, Virginia on April 24, 1967, her original home port. Since it is the custom to take on the name of the station where standing duty, the ship was renamed PORTSMOUTH.

This information was supplied by the Lightship Museum.

Winter Hours
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; open on Mondays that fall on a holiday.

Summer Hours:
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day;Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission:
The $3 admission fee covers both the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the Lightship Museum.

HOW TO GET THERE
From I-264 in Portsmouth, take Exit 7 for the downtown area. If coming from the Downtown Tunnel from the direction of Norfolk, take the first (hard) right out of the tunnel. Follow signs to Crawford Pkwy.
Go several Blocks to London Blvd and turn right. The Lightship is near the intersection of London Blvd and Water Street.

OR:
Take the Elizabeth River paddle boat ferry from Waterside at downtown Norfolk.
The ferry docks first at Riverfront Park (walk north to the ship), and then at Portside (walk south to the ship). The fare is $0.75.

The Other Side of the River

by grandmaR

"November 1, 2003"

When we lived in Norfolk, we never really visited Portsmouth. The main connection we had with Portsmouth was that if one was pregnant (which I was twice while living there), you had to go over to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital to have your baby. It was a toll tunnel and sometimes there were traffic tie-ups.

So I waited until Portsmouth was full for the month, and then went in to the clinic and they would give me permission to have the baby 'on the economy'.

Now it is notable mostly because Hospital Point is the zero mile mark for the ICW.

"November 2, 2003"

Portsmouth has been a ship building town from its founding in 1752. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (which is here and not in Norfolk at all) was begun here in 1767, and it's repair record extends from nuclear powered submarines to the Confederate ironclad Merrimac. The first drydock built here in 1831 in still in use. Container ships regularly vist the docks between Pinner and Love Points.

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