"The Other Side of the River" Portsmouth by grandmaR

Portsmouth Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 114 photos

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.

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 (that same hospital) is the zero mile mark for the ICW.

Note: The reason that the Portsmouth shipyard is called the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and not the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is so that it is not confused with the shipyard in Portsmouth New Hampshire

  • Last visit to Portsmouth: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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