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United States : Virginia

4.8 miles (7.8 km) N of Cape Henry (Cape), Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 104°E

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS detail showing location, altitude, and speed!!  Hard to get it exact, but we did. #3: Looking East from the confluence toward the Atlantic Ocean. #4: Looking West from the confluence toward the CBBT. #5: Looking North toward the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and the High Rise Bridge of the CBBT. #6: Looking South towards Virginia Beach, Cape Henry/Ft. Story and the Cape Henry Lighthouse. #7: A successful confluence visit aboard the Sea Monkey. #8: Rob with a small shark caught near the confluence.

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  37°N 76°W (visit #3)  

#1: View of 37N 76W.  5 miles north of Cape Henry Lighthouse.

(visited by Erin Burge and Rob Latour)

26-Nov-2003 -- This confluence is located approximately 5 miles north of Cape Henry, at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. It was surprising that no one had visited it, as it is very close to many prime fishing areas at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) and adjacent ocean waters.

We visited on the day before Thanksgiving after a trip to the Chesapeake Light Tower about 13 miles offshore. Fishing was slow on the wrecks and few birds were working in the ocean or Bay mouth. A friend told me that this confluence hadn't been visited so we decided to see if we could find it. The weather was clear and mild (about 60F) with very light winds. Offshore waters had 4ft glassy swells.

What seemed easy in concept proved much more difficult than expected. Getting within a few 1/100s of a minute was easy, but actually getting the GPS and photo at exactly the right moment was much more difficult. There was a strong outgoing tide current and just enough wind to ensure that we couldn't stop on the actual location. We worked in ever tightening circles for about 20 minutes before we got everything lined up and snapped the photo the GPS and confluence.

The photos don't show much as we were far enough offshore that shoreline details are really small.


 All pictures
#1: View of 37N 76W. 5 miles north of Cape Henry Lighthouse.
#2: GPS detail showing location, altitude, and speed!! Hard to get it exact, but we did.
#3: Looking East from the confluence toward the Atlantic Ocean.
#4: Looking West from the confluence toward the CBBT.
#5: Looking North toward the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and the High Rise Bridge of the CBBT.
#6: Looking South towards Virginia Beach, Cape Henry/Ft. Story and the Cape Henry Lighthouse.
#7: A successful confluence visit aboard the Sea Monkey.
#8: Rob with a small shark caught near the confluence.
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, but the Cape Henry Lighthouses (the old one, from 1792, and the new one, from 1881) should be clearly visible, at a minimum, as well as some of the Fort Story military installation.