Sailing to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean 1500

Starting Out (continued)

Elizabeth River

The Elizabeth River is a busy river, even on Sunday morning. Here a tug pushes a fuel barge upriver. The tug is Sea Service, which is 109 feet long, 31 feet wide, draws 16.5 feet, and displaces 173 tons. The fuel barge is named Energy 6506 and is 362 feet long, 60 feet wide, and carries up to 65,230 barrels of petroleum products (which is 2,739,660 gallons). The tug and barge are operated by Hornbeck Offshore Services.

The USS Nitze (DDG 94), an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer based at Norfolk. The 509-foot vessel is powered by four gas turbines having a combined 100,000 shaft horsepower.   Two ungainly-looking dockside cranes; I think they are part of Naval Station Norfolk. Click on the picture to see a bigger version; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

The USNS Regulus and USNS Denebola rafted together at Naval Station Norfolk. These ships are 946 feet long by 106 feet wide, and are military cargo ships operated by civilian contractors.

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