Original Author: Edward Sachse, artist/lithographer
Views of Norfolk and Portsmouth From the Marine Hospital.
This 1851 lithograph portrays the bustling harbor of Hampton Roads, one of the largest natural harbors in the world, as seen from the grounds of the colonnaded Norfolk Naval Hospital at lower right. Despite its original name, the hospital, built in 1827, is in Portsmouth and is currently known as the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The city of Norfolk is located on the distant shore, across the waterway. The steamboat Herald, seen navigating out of the harbor at left center, was built in Baltimore in 1842 and was used by the Baltimore Steam Packet Company for its regular service between Norfolk and Baltimore. The ship was dismantled in Albany in 1885.
Vignette scenes at the bottom of the print depict the Gosport Navy Yard, near Portsmouth (at right), and Old Point Comfort in Hampton, at the mouth of Hampton Roads.