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After staying only one night in Oriental, we return to the ICW and head to Bellhaven, NC.
Docked at Oriental
Docked at Oriental
There were free city docks there but they were not close to the downtown area and didn't look in very good shape so we went 8 more miles to an anchorage up a small creek. I was expecting a very dark night at anchor but was surprised when a full moon appeared.
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:D Yeah!! Thanks for posting too.Are you planning to go through the Dismal Swamp canal or the other one.Think it comes out at Norfork
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Curt, my trip is approved and good to go. I should be up the chesapeake/C&D/ Delaware river around thursday. I think Neel thompson is up in that area. Do you think that if the stars, moon & aquarius all align we may get a mini-gathering?
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We left our anchorage at first light heading to Elizabeth City, NC. If you have been following the news, there was a police shooting in Elizabeth City and now there are nightly demonstrations. These demonstrations take place at a bridge that crosses the ICW. There is also a free dock that is next to this bridge and that dock is where we tied up along with two other looper boats for the night. At dark, the demonstrations started in front of the TV camera's at the bridge.
Demonstrations about 50 yards from where we were docked
Demonstrations about 50 yards from where we were docked
Demonstrations
Demonstrations
At about 10pm, police in full riot gear broke up the demonstrations, because there was an eight pm curfew. It was quiet the rest of the night and next morning, joggers were out crossing the bridge.
Docked at Elizabeth City, NC
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At Elizabeth City, the Pasquotank river gets narrower and winds through heavy woods for several miles until we reach the dismal swamp. The route through the dismal swamp was opened in 1805 and was hand dug mostly by slave labor. At each end of this man made canal, a lock raises and then lowers the boats eight feet. The lockmaster had a long pole that he pulled up our lines then he looped the lines around a cleat and we held the line end. This allowed us to adjust the lines as we went up. The same procedure was repeated at the North end of the canal when we went back down.
Noreen holding the stern line
Noreen holding the stern line
Another boat in the lock with us
Another boat in the lock with us
The canal is only about 50 foot wide and about 6 foot deep.
Dismal swamp
Dismal swamp

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There is a visitor center on the canal that allows boats to tie up to their dock for the night. The dock is about 150 long so boats raft up at the dock for the night. The Loopers on the Ranger Tug that are traveling with us rafted up to our boat at the dock.
Walkway across the canal at the visitor center
Walkway across the canal at the visitor center
ICW mileage sign at the lock
ICW mileage sign at the lock
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Visitor center dock

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I walked across the bridge at the visitor center and then walked for about a mile through the swamp on a boardwalk.
Boardwalk in the dismal swamp
Boardwalk in the dismal swamp
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Dismal swamp resident
Dismal swamp resident
After staying overnight at the dismal swamp visitor center, we continue our travels North on the canal crossing into Virginia. Our first stop in Virginia is Portsmouth, where we stay the free city dock for three nights. We are docked across the water from where aircraft carriers are under going repairs.
Aircraft carrier
Aircraft carrier
High flying toilets at aircraft carrier worksite
High flying toilets at aircraft carrier worksite
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After three nights at the free Portsmouth city dock, we move across the river to Waterside Marina in Norfolk for one night. I had a package sent to this marina and it was waiting for me when I docked. Just around the corner from the marina, the WWll battleship, Wisconsin, was docked. It was closed for tours, so could only take outside pictures.
Wisconsin battleship
Wisconsin battleship
Wisconsin battleship
Wisconsin battleship
We leave the next morning heading North up the Elizabeth river. We passed several more aircraft carriers and the hospital ship, Comfort as we left Norfolk.
Hospital ship Comfort
Hospital ship Comfort

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There were several docks for container ships on the Elizabeth river and a dock owned by Norfolk Southern railroad that was used to transfer coal from rail cars to ships for export.
Coal dock
Coal dock
The Elizabeth river empties into the James river, which then flows into Chesapeake bay. We cross the James river, which is about 10 miles wide and head to the Hampton City marina where we stay for four nights. We had been traveling with two other looper boats for the past several days. One of the other boats rents a minivan, so we all go on a road trip to visit the colonial towns of Yorktown and Williamsburg that are located only 20 miles from Hampton. Our first stop in Yorktown was a civil war cemetery.
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I found a headstone in the cemetery that may be a distant relative.
Gard headstone at civil war cemetery in Yorktown
Gard headstone at civil war cemetery in Yorktown

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It is interesting that Yorktown was the site of Revolutionary and Civil war battles. Most of the buildings and houses are from the revolutionary period. A couple of the houses still had cannon balls embedded in the walls.
Cannonball in side of house
Cannonball in side of house
Cannonball
Cannonball
Cannonball in side of house
Cannonball in side of house

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More pictures from Yorktown.
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Oldest house in Yorktown
Oldest house in Yorktown
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Also located at the colonial national historical park is the Yorktown Victory Monument.
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Yorktown Victory Monument
Yorktown Victory Monument
There is also a boat dock along the river at Yorktown but it's a long walk uphill to the historical part of town.
Dock at Yorktown
Dock at Yorktown

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