Newport News


Newport News
/nooh"pawrt', -pohrt', -peuhrt, nyooh"-/
a seaport in SE Virginia: shipbuilding and ship-repair center. 144,903.

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City (pop., 2000: 180,150) and port of entry, southeastern Virginia, U.S., at the mouth of the James River.

The site was settled in 1621 by 50 colonists from Ireland. It was incorporated as a city in 1896 and was an important embarkation point in both World Wars. With Norfolk and Portsmouth, it constitutes the Port of Hampton Roads. It is the site of one of the largest shipyards in the world, producing luxury liners, aircraft carriers, and nuclear-powered submarines.

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      independent city and port of entry, southeastern Virginia, U.S. It lies on the north side of Hampton Roads (harbour) and the mouth of the James River. With Portsmouth, Hampton, and Norfolk, it constitutes the Port of Hampton Roads. The site was settled by Daniel Gookin (1621), who brought 50 colonists from Ireland. The origin of the place-name is obscure but is traditionally associated with Captain Christopher Newport, commander of five expeditions to Jamestown during 1606–12, and Sir William Newce, who arrived from Ireland in 1621.

      Development began after 1870, when the site was chosen as a coal-shipping port for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company). It was laid out in 1882, and by 1886 its prosperity was assured when the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company was founded there. One of the largest and most complete shipyards (shipyard) in the world, it has produced the luxury liners America and United States, the aircraft carriers Forrestal and Enterprise, and nuclear-powered submarines designed for firing guided missiles. Newport News was also an important supply and embarkation port in both world wars.

      In 1952 the city was made independent of Warwick county, in which it was located. That same year Warwick county was incorporated as the city of Warwick, and in 1958 Newport News and Warwick merged as the city of Newport News.

      In addition to its port facilities, which can handle huge tonnages of coal, ore, bulk liquids, and general cargo, Newport News has diversified manufactures (textiles, paper, aeronautical and electronic equipment, and petroleum products). The city's Mariners' Museum (1930) has collections of ship models and a library. Also in Newport News are the Virginia War Museum, with exhibits from a Nazi concentration camp and the Berlin Wall; the Virginia Living Museum, with an aquarium and a planetarium; and Christopher Newport University (1960). Inc. 1896. Pop. (1990) city, 170,045; Norfolk–Virginia Beach–Newport News MSA, 1,443,244; (2000) city, 180,150; Norfolk–Virginia Beach–Newport News MSA, 1,569,541.

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