United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy on the Severn River, Annapolis, MD. This image is an aerial view from an altitude of 1300’ of the main campus of the USNA. Also visible are both Spa Creek and College Creek , the Severn River and downtown Annapolis, all surrounding the academy. A few other points of interest are: Rip Miller Field (upper right corner), the Annapolis Yacht Basin, Severn Sailing Association, the (undamaged) Annapolis Yacht Cub (bottom of the image), Halsey Field House and Bancroft Hall (center of the image).

Here is a link to a good map and a great cross reference for this image showing the USNA. http://www.mappery.com/map-of/United-States-Naval-Academy-Map

When the founders of the United States Naval Academy were looking for a suitable location, it was reported that then Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft decided to move the naval school to “the healthy and secluded” location of Annapolis in order to rescue midshipmen from “the temptations and distractions that necessarily connect with a large and populous city.” The Philadelphia Naval Asylum School was its predecessor. Four of the original seven faculty members came from Philadelphia. Other small naval schools in New York City, Norfolk, Va., and Boston, Mass. also existed in the early days of the United States. Since that time the naval academy has had a rich history.

This image was captured back in July of 2009. It is just one example of the many aerial images of the Chesapeake Bay area taken over many years by Aloft Aerial Photography. http://aloft.zenfolio.com/

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