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25 Association of the United States Navy Originally, it was all quite different. e site on Sewell's Point was the location of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. Several high-ranking naval officers attending the Exposition agreed that the location would be ideal for use by the Navy. e Assistant Secretary of the Navy was soon presented with the option to purchase the land and buildings, but given a choice between the Jamestown site and a new coal ship, he chose the coal ship on the grounds that its purchase was absolutely necessary. Ten years later, aer the United States entered World War I in 1917, it was a new naval base that was necessary, and the Secretary of the Navy purchased the original 474 acres for $1.2 million, with an additional $1.6 million allocated for construction and development of a naval base. Over the next six months, the Fih Naval District Headquarters was established, along with the Naval Operating Base (NOB) Naval Training Station, Naval Hospital, and Submarine Station. It quickly became apparent that the original acreage would be insufficient, so the Elizabeth River on the south side of the base was dredged HAMPTON ROADS NAVAL MUSEUM ; MC1 CHRISTOPHER B. STOLTZ Years of Sailors Naval Station Norfolk By Diana B. West

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