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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Port of Charleston

 
 
Port of Charleston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
1. Port of Charleston Marker
Inscription. Since 1670 this well-protected harbor has persisted as a center for shipping and trade. By 1770 Charleston was America's third busiest port; Gadsden's Wharf, located here, became its largest pier. Along this waterfront ships loaded cargo and departed for Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and other American ports. Exports included timber bound for the Caribbean. Ships returned with imports that included rum, sugar, slaves, and luxury items. By the 1850s cotton replaced rice as Charleston's dominant export.

In the mid-1800s, as manufacturing grew in the Northeast and railroads expanded westward, Charleston did not keep pace with the nation's growth. Then came the Civil War. Its aftermath would dominate Charleston's economic recovery for years.

Today the Port of Charleston has regained its prosperity. It is the largest container port along the Southeast and Gulf Coasts and is one of the largest in the country, handling millions of 20-foot container units annually. The port also handles "breakbulk" cargo, such as vehicles, machinery, boats, and heavy equipment.

Container ships are a familiar sight on the Cooper River, connecting Charleston to ports around the globe.

(Caption for background):
Charleston Harbor around 1838 as seen from Hog Island (now Patriot's Point). At left is Castle Pinckney; the steamer
Markers at the Wharf Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Markers at the Wharf Overlook
on the right is the ferry to Hobcaw.
 
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 47.436′ N, 79° 55.497′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Calhoun Street and Concord Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the Fort Sumter tour boat wharf, adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Sumter Today (here, next to this marker); Fort Sumter Bricks (within shouting distance of this marker); Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Borough Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Borough Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Liberty Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Benjamin DuPré House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Moses C. Levy House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Cooper River Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
3. Cooper River Waterfront
Marker at the front of the overlook.
New Cooper River Bridge (Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge) image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
4. New Cooper River Bridge (Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge)
The bridge stands at the entrance to north Charleston harbor.
Patriot's Point image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
5. Patriot's Point
The USS Yorktown and Medal of Honor Museum stand on Patriot's Point, across the harbor.
Castle Pinckney image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
6. Castle Pinckney
Located on a small island in the harbor, for many decades Castle Pinckney was the premier defense of Charleston.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 419 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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