The Nauticus museum seems nice, but we were unable to tour it. We arrived too late in the day for it to be worth our while to tour. I had hoped to climb aboard the Wisconsin for a bit. We found out that we must have had outdated literature that indicated it was free to tour. You now must pay admission towards Nauticus in order to gain ship access. Understandable, but a downer nonetheless. Plan accordingly.
My girlfriend and I did go out on the "Victory Rover" narrated water tour based out of the Nauticus Center. If you are a gearhead, I don't think you can visit this city and adequately take in all of the waterfront industrial & military sights to be seen from land. The Victory Rover allows you to feast your eyes on many of the active cargo, dry dock and naval operations underway in Norfolk. It gets you about as close as you can get to the working Port of Norfolk and the Navy Base. The boat is clean, quick and well composed out on the water. (I managed to not feel sea sick) If you have doubts, take some motion sickness pills before boarding. The captain narrating our tour skillfully juggled identifying points of interest, providing information and keeping pace with the places on shore. Well done sir.
Before you board Victory Rover be sure to check out the memorial on the corner dock with the plaques of "letters home" from men & women that have been in combat. Definitely a new twist on the standard war memorial. It helps to paint a picture all of those before us that faced fear on the frontlines and sought comfort in the letter home. Knowing they never had the chance to come home puts a pit in your stomach.
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