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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Looking Back On Three Historic Snows at the Norfolk Navy Yard

Blog # 28.  January 29, 2014  By Marcus W. Robbins

Snow.  So peaceful, quiet and pure.

Snow.  A stranger here at the Navy Yard?  Not really.  It floats down from the darkened skies every few years as it did this past evening.  Most of us are home today waking up to our own winter wonderland.

While I don’t have a photograph of this 2014 snow visit at the modern Norfolk Naval Shipyard I can share with you a look back at three prior snowfalls.  These beautiful events were documented long ago by prior staff using a box camera supported on a wood tripod stand.  Glass plates are a long lost form of photography.  These images are from February 1901, January 30, 1904 and March 21, 1908.

Enjoy the following (5) photographs taken over 100 years ago at the old Norfolk Navy Yard.

Photo #1 ~ Looking North West, Trophy Park
(Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #126 taken in February 1901)

 
 
Photo #2 ~ Warrington Avenue Looking North West at Trophy Park
(Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #314 taken on 1/30/1904)
 
 
Photo #3 ~ Looking West at Quarters A
(Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #315 taken on 1/30/1904)
 

 
Photo #4 ~ Barron Street Looking West at Building 11 & Trophy Park
(Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #548 taken on 3/21/1908)
 
 
 
Photo #5 ~ Looking North East at Building 13 & Trophy Park
(Historic Norfolk Navy Yard Glass Plate Collection, #549 taken on 3/21/1908)
 

Snow might cover everything yet quality always remains the same at its core.  I hope you have enjoyed these historic views of common locations you pass by in a daily rush with a new appreciation of the long and proud heritage this institution provides with its unwavering quality service to our Navy.

The forces of nature also remain constant - snow will always be with us, we just never know when.  Now just sit back and enjoy these rare snow visits because –“history matters”.