The vicinity of Norfolk possesses many great advantages for a dockyard, and it is a remarkable fact that not a single objection can be urged against making it the great shipbuilding yard now so urgently needed.
Just before the breaking out of the War of the Revolution the British Government established a naval station on the present site. This point was selected in preference to all others after a careful survey of all the ports in the North American dominions of Great Britain.
Sir George Collier captured Norfolk and the Navy Yard in 1779, but was ordered to abandon it, which he did under protest. In his letter protesting against the evacuation he said : " Permit me, as a sea officer, to observe that this port is an exceedingly safe and secure asylum for ships against an enemy, and is not to be forced even by great superiority."