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1. Plans of the Drydock Built in the Navy Yard at Norfolk by L Baldwin, Engineer, March 1, 1834

2. History of the United States Navy-Yard at Gosport, Virginia, (Near Norfolk) by Edward P. Lull, A. M., Commander, United States Navy, for the Bureau of Yards and Docks, Navy Departent, Rear-Admiral C. R. P. Rodgers, U. S. N., Chief of Bureau, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874.

3. Our Twin Cities of the Nineteenth Century: Norfolk and Portsmouth, Their Past, Present and Future, by Robert W. Lamb, Editor. Norfolk, VA: Barcroft, Publisher, 1887-8. [Chapter VI.]

4. U. S. Marine Barracks, Norfolk, Internal Regulations, by McLane Tilton, Major U. S. Corps Marines. Published by Norfolk Navy Yard, 1888.

5. History of Norfolk Co., Virginia, and Representative Citizens, by Col. William N. Stewart, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1902. Chapter XXV, "The United States Navy Yard," pp. 418-442.

6. "Men of Families:" The Intersection of Labor Conflict and Race in the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair, 1829-1831 by Linda Upham-Bornstein, Labor 1 March 2007, pages 65-97.


1. House Document (United States. Congress. House); 21st Congress, 1st Session [Dec. 7, 1829 - May 31, 1830]. Doc. No. 115. Letter From the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting the information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 15th instant, in relation to the accounts of Miles King. May 28, 1830.

2. House Document (United States. Congress. House); 27th Congress, 2nd Session [December 6, 1841 - August 31, 1842]. Doc. No. 205. Reports of the Commissioner appointed to make an investigation at the Gosport Navy Yard, &c. March 4, 1842.

3. House Document (United States. Congress. House); 28th Congress, 1st Session [December 4, 1843 - June 17, 1844]. Doc. No 273. Navy-Yards-Salaries of Officers, Etc., June 14, 1844.

4. House Document (United States. Congress. House); 36th Congress, 1st Session [December 5, 1859 - June 25, 1860]. Ex. Doc. No. 34. Reports of the board of officers ordered to examine into the condition of the navy yards. March 1, 1860. Excerpt: "Navy Yard, Norfolk."

5. House Document (United States. Congress. House); 52nd Congress, 2nd Session [December 1892 - February 1893]. Report No. 2244, Committee on Naval Affairs. By Amos Cummings, US House of Representatives. "Purchase of Land Opposite Gosport Navy-Yard."


Drydock #1

Engravings found on this site

Maps found on this site

Postcards found on this site

Old Ironsides, US Frigate Constitution: An Essay in Sketches by Lt. John Charles Roach, USNR, Publisher: Dept of the Navy, 1976

Ships of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

USMC at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in pictures


Letter of Lieut. William Schley of the Mexican Navy,to his brother, August 17, 1827

Letter of Com. John Rodgers to Com. James Barron, September 9, 1831

Lewis Warrington Letter, March 29, 1834

Edward Fitzgerald Letter, July 1, 1838

Letter of Jesse Wilkinson of the U S Navy Yard, Gosport, to the Secretary of the Navy, the Hon. David Henshaw, December 7, 1843

Bank of the Comonwealth Dollar, May 1, 1861

City of Portsmouth Twenty-Five Cents, October 29, 1862

Letter by Admiral David Dixon Porter to Lawton Coggeshall, Esq., October 7, 1889


NATIONAL ÆGIS, Worcester, February 22, 1804. Appropriations for the Navy.

THE UNITED STATES' GAZETTE, Philadelphia, January 9, 1812. A duel.

METROPOLITAN, Georgetown, DC. Suicide at Gosport Navy Yard, Spetember 30, 1820.

GLEASON'S PICTORIAL, Boston, Saturday, July 9, 1853. Ships at anchor at Gosport Navy Yard.

        SPECIAL TOPICS by John G. M. Sharp

Early Shipyard Histories: Pensacola Navy Yard see below, Washington Navy Yard and Brooklyn Navy Yard

Early Loyalty and Citizenship Requirements for Federal Employees at Gosport and other Naval Shipyards, July 16, 1794

Washington Navy Yard Position Descriptions
by Josiah Fox, 1804

Early Apprentices at Gosport Navy Yard, August 11, 1807

The Deck Log of the Frigate USS Constitution 1803 - 1815 Part I & II

Regulations re Musters of Civilian Employees Naval Shipyard Gosport, 1821

Commodore John Cassin, 1760 - 1822

American Seamen’s Protection Certificates & Impressment 1796-1822

Yellow Fever Aboard the USS Macedonian & Uss Peacock, 1822,
w addendum Dr. Samuel Trevett Jr Surgeon USN

Dr. Elnathan Judson’s 1823 report to the Secretary of the Navy on the successful vaccination of naval seamen in the Boston area for small pox with related demographic and ethnic data

Letters from and to the Gosport Navy Yard 1826 -1828

Employment of Enslaved Workers in the Construction of the Stone Dock, October 12, 1831

Dr. Isaac Hulse, Naval Surgeon, USN, 1832

Dry Dock No 1, a Work Stoppage & the USS Delaware in Letters & Documents 1833.
Also includes Quarterly Report of Persons Confined & Punished aboard the U.S. Ship Delaware

Gosport Naval Hospital:

Cholera at Gosport Navy Yard, 1832.

Gosport Naval Hospital Staff, 1834

African American Women as Nurses, Cooks, and Washers at Gosport (Norfolk) Naval Hospital 1815-1842

Dr. Thomas Williamson and the treatment of mental illness at Gosport (Norfolk) Naval Hospital 1827-1844

Yellow Fever Epidemic 1855

Miscellaneous Gosport Naval Hospital Records during yellow fever epidemic of 1855

The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918/1919

A Norfolk Navy Yard Slaveholders Petition to the Secretary of the Navy, June 21, 1839

The Gosport Navy Yard Apprentice Boys School and the question of foreign birth, June 7, 1839

The Recruitment of African Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1825-1839

Josiah Fox, Naval Architect, 1763-1847

Gosport Navy Yard Employees, Occupation & Per Diem Pay Rates, May 12, 1819 & July 1848

List of Gosport Navy Yard Employees Military and Civilian, 1846

Flogging at Sea, Discipline and Punishment in the Old Navy, 1846/47

Station Log for Gosport Navy Yard, 1850

Edward Fitzgerald Sr., (1785-1857) Purser USN

Women in the Early Navy Yard - Seamstresses & Horse Cart Drivers, 1862-1867

Resignations and Dismissals at Norfolk Navy Yard from the U.S. Navy April 1861

Naval Enlistments Boston 1863

Pensacola Navy Yard

Letters & Documents: 1826-1850 (Part One & Part II). Addendums: Yellow Fever & Piracy

Letters & Documents: 1840-60

Letters & Documents: 1860s

A Murder in Baltimore and a Sailor on the Run

Confederate Pensacola Navy Yard Payroll January 1862 with list of Enslaved Laborers

by Christopher L. Tomlins, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley

In Nat Turner's Shadow: Reflections on the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair of 1830-1831
Posted by with permission from Labor History editor Gerald Friedman communicated to Christopher Tomlins (author), and with Tomlins’ own permission.


Norfolk Navy Yard Table of Contents

 Battle of the Hampton Roads Ironclads

The Norfolk Navy Yard into the 20th Century

Image Index

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