Early History

"A Place in the Sun" - The full text of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels's speech at the NOP's groundbreaking.

The City of Petersburg, VA puts in its bid for the Armor Plant, 1916

Activities of the Navy Bureau of Yards & Docks, 1917-1918. Official Navy summary of BuYards activities during World War I.

Navy Ordnance Activities, 1917-1918. Similar in nature to the BuYards report above, but for the Bureau of Ordnance.

Navy Regulations, 1920. These exempted the NOP from the Fifth Naval District until 1941, when Henry Knox's General Order No. 163 finally consolidated the NOP into the Norfolk-based district along with the rest of West Virginia.

Keep your eyes on the horizon! There's more on the way!