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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season

 

( Jekyll Island Club, 1886-1942 )

 
Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
1. Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season Marker
Inscription. (Left text)
There is very little photo documentation of exactly what the Boathouse looked like during the Club era. Club members rarely would have been found in this area, It was typically used by year-round employees.
The only visible evidence of the Boathouse is a few piers and the capstan winch. The capstan was used to pull boats and launches from the water into the boathouse. Ropes were fed in the groove along the circumference of the metal wheel. Handles were inserted in the four square sections on the top of the capstan. The handles were pushed or pulled manually by people, or driven by an electric motor.
The boats could be repaired once pulled out of the water. Many of the smaller boats were stored in the Boathouse during the off-season.
(Right text)
The Boat House
The Club not only altered the landscape directly around the Clubhouse, but around the entire island. Outside that 240 acres there are several other sites that reflect activities of the Club and its members.
Here along the river is the site of the Boathouse, where the Club launches were stored when not in use.
Boats and launches were the lifeline to the mainland. Passengers and goods were brought to the island from Brunswick daily, and great care was taken to ensure that the
Top of Marker pictures image. Click for full size.
Shipshape for the Season Marker
2. Top of Marker pictures
launches were in good order for this vital job.
Throughout the Club era there were several boats that supplied the island and transported members. The first steamer was called the Howland. Other vessels used throughout the years were called the Jekyll Island, the Kitty, and Sylvia.
 
Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc. Jekyll Island Museum.
 
Location. 31° 3.136′ N, 81° 25.299′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. south of Stable Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boat House Site (a few steps from this marker); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Transcontinental Call (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jekyll Island Club Wharf (approx. 0.4 miles away); Men of Means (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Skeet House (approx. half a mile away); Evolution of Elegance (approx. half a mile away); Up In Smoke (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Categories. LandmarksNotable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels
 
Bottom of Marker picture image. Click for full size.
Shipshape for the Season Marker
3. Bottom of Marker picture
The Capstan Winch As Mentioned , viewed on the Marker, Seen Today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
4. The Capstan Winch As Mentioned , viewed on the Marker, Seen Today
The capstan winch seen in relation to the Jekyll River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
5. The capstan winch seen in relation to the Jekyll River
Boat House Site , remains of the concrete pilings image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
6. Boat House Site , remains of the concrete pilings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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