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Titusville in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Scobie Fish & Oyster Company - 1885

Historic Titusville

 
 
Scobie Fish & Oyster Company-1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
1. Scobie Fish & Oyster Company-1885 Marker
Inscription. George W. Scobie sailed his 50-foot oyster boat Sophie Fry to Titusville in 1885 and founded the Indian River commercial fishing industry. When rail service arrived, he began shipping large quantities of oysters and fish north. Before long, the Scobie Fish & Oyster Company was operating a fleet of vessels. He later built a barrel factory across the street.

At Main Street, the 600-foot City Dock served as headquarters for the commercial fishing fleet, and home for a series of fish houses built on piling alongside. Commercial fishing was one of our largest industries, and the Indian River became a leading supplier of seafood. Today, Indian River Lagoon continues to offer world-renowned sport fishing. Charter "flats boats" are available with expect guides. Fishing and shrimping can also be enjoyed from Veterans Memorial Pier, just north of here.

"I used to go down to Capt. Joe Smith's fish house on the dock and could buy two big mullet, scaled and cleaned, for a nickel, and all the oysters I could eat for a quarter..."
- Robert Ransom, first town clerk, recalling the Titusville of the late 1800s
 
Erected by City of Titusville.
 
Location. 28° 36.742′ N, 80° 48.341′ W. Marker is
Scobie Fish & Oyster Company-1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
2. Scobie Fish & Oyster Company-1885 Marker
Looking north on Indian River Avenue
in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Indian River Avenue and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Indian River Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Indian River Ave, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Titus House (about 500 feet away); The Pritchard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church (approx. mile away); Titusville Veteran's Memorial Fishing Pier (approx. 0.6 miles away); Titusville Negro School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hernandez Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); Oliver's Camp (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Titusville.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Scobie Fish & Oyster Company-1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
3. Scobie Fish & Oyster Company-1885 Marker
Looking east over the Indian River. NASA Vehicle Assembly Building in far background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 192 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on February 16, 2017.
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