Friday, June 21, 2013

U.S. Mine Depot Yorktown-- Part 1

From the Military Bases site.

This entry grew out of my latest posting in my War of 1812 blog, Never Forgotten, and the capture of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Surveyor.  It mentioned that the ship, when captured by a British boarding party in June 1813, had been located near TC Yorktown.  I didn't know what the TC (Training Center) stood for and looked it up which led to these next two articles in this blog.

TRAINING CENTER YORKTOWN

In 1917, the U.S. Navy decided to build a huge fuel depot and acquired 400,000 acres near Yorktown, Virginia (site of General Cornwallis' surrender in the American Revolution).  The peninsula there was perfect for the needs as it was protected and fully accessible to deep water.

In 1942, the Navy located its training base for mine warfare there as there was planety of land to suit its needs.

After the Korean War, the site was turned over to the United States Coast Guard.

GreGen

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