Marking the John Smith trail
|Above, dignitaries aboard the buyboat “Iva W.” witness the deployment of the yellow buoy. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) deployed a “Smart Buoy” near Stingray Point Saturday at the mouth of the Rappahannock River. The buoy was deployed to mark the 400th anniversary of Captain John Smith’s exploration of the region.
The buoy is one of several buoys recently installed throughout the Chesapeake Bay to mark the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The buoy also collects weather, oceanographic and water-quality observations.