Our first anchorage as we proceeded up the Chesapeake Bay was in Sarah Creek, a tributary to the York River. This snug anchorage provided a convenient vantage point to explore Yorktown, the scene of the decisive Revolutionary War battle and the British surrender on October 19, 1781.
Detail from the Yorktown Victory Monument. Photo credit: National Park Service.
In this vintage Albatross eye view of the Chesapeake the York River is the second major river system from the left. To get to the York River, we transited from Norfolk up the James River, the first system to the left.
Congress authorized construction of the Victory Monument ten days after the British surrender; however, Congress did not authorize funds for construction until after the civil war. The monument’s message of “One Country, One Constitution, One Destiny,” speaks more to the post-Civil War sentiment than to the mood following the century-earlier conflict. The message remains timely today.
Yorktown’s historic main street is now a National Park. We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon strolling the streets and immersing ourselves in the area’s history.
The Alliance, which offers tours of the York River, was built in 1995 in Palm Coast, Florida as a charter vessel in the Maine Windjammer fleet.
A free waterfront concert entertained us while we waited for the winds and river chop to subside.
Lively winds, and views of the Alliance and Victory Monument, accompanied our dinghy ride across the river back to Sarah Creek.