July 21, 2015 Coleman Bridge, Family, Military, Navy, Sailing, Uncategorized, Williamsburg, York River, Yorktown

Sailing Past the Navy


DSCN6448The US Navy has strict rules that no one can sail closer than 200 yards to the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station when a ship is in port. Nash Skiles took his family out sailing in a light wind that carried us under the Coleman Bridge and well safe of that range. We watched as a guided missile cruiser that came in earlier that morning was reloaded by crane.

Nash owns a family-operated insurance business in Lancaster, Pa., and brought them to Williamsburg for a family reunion with other members. I asked if he insured boats and he doesn’t. “Our motto is that we insure people, not things,” which I thought was pretty clever branding. He insures a company that makes shell casings for munitions warfare. “I asked the owner if I could have a casing as a souvenir, but he declined for security reasons.”

NWSPeople are surprised to learn that after nearly 100 years in operation, they still assemble bombs, torpedoes and all the other munitions on-site at Naval Weapons Station. Trucks deliver the unassembled parts in bulk, and in unmarked trailers as well. That way, no one can hijack a cruise missile intact.

We steered clear of the ship, with all due respect.

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