The battleship USS Texas (BB 35) is shown leaving Norfolk Naval Shipyard in March 1948 to begin its journey to the state of Texas, where it was presented as a memorial.Built at Newport News Shipbuilding Company between 19, the 27,000-ton warship was completely modernized at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in the 1920s.When the American Revolution began in 1775, Sprowle chose to remain loyal to the Crown and fled the area aboard the Royal Governor's flagship.All his properties were confiscated by the Colony of Virginia.The Navy's eighth cruiser, the Raleigh served in the Spanish-American War and was sold in 1921. The last sailing vessel built at the Norfolk Naval Yard using some of the timbers from the original CONSTELLATION. She saw active service in the Civil War and was an auxiliary receiving ship at Norfolk Navy Yard from 1903 - 1919. The Navy's first battleship, the USS TEXAS, was commissioned August 15, 1895.The roof and cupola of building 51 are visible behind the ship. RALEIGH saw active service in the Spanish-American War and was sold 5 August 1921. It saw active service during the Civil War, was a receiving ship at Norfolk Navy Yard in 1865, used as Naval Academy practice ship from 1873 - 1892, and a training ship at Newport from 1893 - 1920. Machinery was built by Richmond Locomotive Works, Richmond, Virginia.
The first flight from a ship was made from an 83-foot wooden ramp that sloped five degrees toward the bow. On February 27 1942, the USS Langley (CV 1) was sunk by Japanese bombers south of Java. One of Commodore Perry's squadron on expedition to Japan 1852 - 1854. The POWHATAN was noted for its speed and good sailing qualities as well as its long period of naval service. The ship saw active service in the Spanish-American War. The ship was used as a target and sunk in the Chesapeake Bay later that year.James Lawrence, uttered his celebrated dying words, "Don't Give Up the Ship", which have become a tradition in the Navy.The CHESAPEAKE was taken into the Royal Navy and, in 1820 broken up at Portsmouth, England, her timbers being used to build a flour mill at Wickham.Scheduled to land at NNSY, he touched down instead in Norfolk. It also built 20 tank landing ships and 50 medium landing craft.The yard's employment peak of nearly 43,000 workers was reached during World War II when the yard built nearly 30 major vessels and repaired 6,850 U. Shipyarders here have built a tradition of professional leadership through hard work and technological innovation.