Class 'A' Naval School of Mine Warfare
Yorktown, Virginia - Summer 1956

PO3 Rex A. Vance gate guard duty
(He was discharged 6-4-1956)
In background is PO3 Blaylock

Mk 2k influence mine
"Big Daddy" - 1,200 lbs. of HBX-1
If you attended NavalSchool of Mine Warfare while it was at Yorktown, Va. and want to post your photos, please contact me.
Mk 13 mod 6 - air-dropped "Dam Buster"


How many memories exist of Nick's Seafood Pavillion in Yorktown?

Nick's Seafood Pavilion, Yorktown, Virginia stock photo #6690 photo - Sunbird Photos by Don Boyd photos at

John Hughs called my attention to this.

324 Water Street, 757-887-5269. (Now closed and demolished) Founded by Greek immigrants Nick and Mary Mathews in 1944 and expanded over the years, with a 50-year collection of paintings and statuary.

Many notable people have dined here including John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Bennett, The Gatlin Brothers, Randy Travis, many U. S. Senators, a Prime Minister, governors from all 50 states, foreign heads of state, etc. More importantly, Nick and Mary provided the only refuge to countless U. S. Navy sailors and Minemen arriving by Greyhound at the Coleman Bridge station for training at the Navy Mine School a few miles away. Bill Fortner, editor of The Dashpot, a newsletter published by the Association of Minemen, wrote me to say that the winter wind coming off the York River had teeth a foot long and ate Navy Peacoats for a midnight snack. He says that countless young sailors stepped off the bus after midnight and saw only the light over the door of Nick's, which was more humble and ramshackle than the building in the photo. A knock at the door always brought a welcome greeting, coffee and a call to the base for transportation. Nick and Mary were very dear people to our Navy sailors and minemen and their passing was a terrible loss. The Association of Minemen website is located at

"Mr. Nick" passed away in 1983 while enroute to Mississippi for "Miss Mary" to christen the USS Yorktown (CG-48). "Miss Mary" passed away in September 1998. York County purchased Nick's in March 2002 from The Jamestown Educational Trust which inherited the Mathews estate. The Yorktown master plan includes the building of a new restaurant on the water and additional parking on the existing Nick's site. Nick's will be open until construction on the new building forces it's closure in late 2003. York County plans to include some of the Nick's statuary and paintings in the new restaurant and an appropriate memorial to the Mathews. [source:]




Derick S. Hartshorn - 2009-present
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