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How far up the river is Leedstown

How far up the river is Leedstown

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 10:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: LEVY / LEVI
Looking at a map, it appears that Leedstown is about 70 miles from the mouth of the Potomac. Is this correct? The ship Justitia sold its human cargo there in 1772 - would that have been as far up the river as the ship could navigate? My ancestor Judah LEVI was part of that cargo. Thanks...

Re: How far up the river is Leedstown

Posted: 12 Mar 2013 8:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
The Rappahannock River was navigable for ships up to Fredericksburg. Leedstown, Port Conway and Port Royal were all stops along the waterway...

Re: How far up the river is Leedstown

Posted: 14 Apr 2013 8:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
By my topo map it the Rapphannock is still at 12 feet at Fredericksburg.

Re: How far up the river is Leedstown

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 9:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
it is 12 feet NOW, however, "Fredericksburg was founded in colonial era as a "port city" on the Rappahannock River--the fifth longest river in Virginia. At the time, it was the farthest point navigable by large ships trading goods with the Old World. Although the city became a key trading center for the plantation owners and farmers nearby, it never achieved the level of commerce enjoyed by Richmond and Alexandria..." Also incoming ships would dump their ballast, which became cobblestones used in the streets of the town.
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