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Efforts for Port Growth Reach Back to 1903

Wednesday, January 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Bird

A photo of the Dec. 18, 1903, front page of the Virginian-Pilot front page from 1903 with a story headline "TO DEEPEN THE HARBOR AT NORFOLK."


NORFOLK | A Virginian-Pilot headline from 1903, “TO DEEPEN THE HARBOR AT NORFOLK” reminds us that dredging our channels has been a continuing necessity. At the time, Atlantic ports sought to deepen their harbors to accommodate large warships, and today, ultra large container vessels (ULCV) define our current and future potential for economic growth.

This glimpse into our ports history, assures us that the efforts of the VMA to advocate for WIDER, DEEPER, SAFER channels, along with other legislation that protects port commerce, is built upon and supported by more than 100 years of growth.

“The channel is in places only 28 feet deep, and the department complains that there is always some fear that a warship will strike one of these shallows when coming into the navy yard,” The  Virginian-Pilot Article reported.

Read the Virginian-Pilot Coverage of the  December 18, 1903 Article Here:

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