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Posted on: December 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Nansemond Ghost Fleet - Monday, January 6, 7-8 pm


Brendan Burke, President of the Maritime Heritage Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Virginia, will share research on The Nansemond Ghost Fleet, the remains of boats discovered on the Nansemond River, as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture Series on Monday, January 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

When the waters of the Nansemond River recede each day at low tide, the wooden bones of ships are revealed. For centuries, canoes, schooners, steamships, and more plied the river to connect the Virginia port with a broader world. Today, their remains speak to that past. Burke will present research conducted on the Nansemond to help understand the ghost fleet located near downtown Suffolk. Attendees will learn about bugeyes, oyster wharves, and an industry that changed the face of the lower Chesapeake Bay.

"We believe this is one of the greatest assemblages of historic wrecks in Virginia that represents Chesapeake Bay maritime history for over a century," says Burke.

Admission to talk is free for Hampton History Museum members, $5.00 for non-members.

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