National Geographic : 1964 Sep
KODACHROMESBY Nation's largest coal-loading facility, owned by the Norfolk and Western Railway, attracts shipping to Norfolk from around the world. Ranked columns of hopper cars loaded with bituminous from West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky wait to fill the col liers. An average of 73,000 tons a day pours into the holds. The biggest customers: Japanese steel mills. Virginia's largest city, with more than a quarter million residents, Norfolk wears a new look, the result of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment program. New City Hall takes shape at extreme right. Plaza One of fice building (foreground) faces St. Paul's Boulevard. The first Europeans to see the Chesapeake may have been Spaniards, French sailors led by the Flor entine navigator Verrazano, or-some scholars have thought-even Vikings. Capt. John Smith came along with his hardy band in 1607.* The next year, fishing in the shallows at the Rappahannock mouth, the cap tain was stung by a Bay creature's barbed tail. Sting ray Point takes its name from his painful experience. The first Englishmen to settle in the Bay country built Jamestown, Virginia. Last summer I followed their track in from the open Atlantic, coming under sail as they did, hoping I might see my Chesapeake land as those first English inhabitants saw it. Entering the Bay, my crew and I pretended we were *See "Captain Smith of Jamestown," by Bradford Smith, NA 378 TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, May, 1957.