Hampton Roads and Four Centuries as a World's Seaport Roadstead

Author: Frye, John
Year:1996
Pages:424
ISBN:0-7734-9064-7
978-0-7734-9064-2
Price:259.95
This is about a special seaport, where this nation's history started nearly four centuries ago, the port known from Singapore to Rotterdam to Buenos Aires to Sydney for ships and seamen, Hampton Roads. It is twenty-five miles of salted Virginia water just west of the southern end of one of the world's largest estuaries, Chesapeake Bay. It is an overview, telling of a number of representative instances and people, everything from the first Europeans venturing into the great water seeking gold or a way to Cathay, to the present day tugs, barges, and nuclear carriers leaving for crises around the world.

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