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St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities

 
 
Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
1. Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities Marker
Inscription. With a ready supply of lumber and a thriving port, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor offered a natural setting for shipbuilding. As early as the 1830s, sailing and steam-powered vessels were built here for lake and river navigation.

Shipbuilders were specialized woodworkers who used limited machinery to produce highly crafted vessels. One prominent local shipwright, James H. Randall, directed the construction of the steamships Lora (1882), City of St. Joseph (1883), and Puritan (1887) for the Graham and Morton Transportation Company.

Ships were built here until the turn of the 20th century. As the shipping industry demanded larger vessels, area yards turned their attention to building smaller boats for work and recreation.

(Upper Photo Caption)
Late 19th century view of the E.W. Heath Shipyard, Benton Harbor, where freighters and harbor tugs were built.
Photo: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

(Middle Photo Caption)
The PURITAN enters St. Joseph Harbor in the late 19th century.
Photo: The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University

(Lower Photo Caption)
The steam freighter PURITAN, shown just after its launch in the Benton Harbor Ship Canal, 1887.
Photo: Historical
St. Joseph Maritime Heritage and<br>Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. St. Joseph Maritime Heritage and
Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities Markers
Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
 
Erected by City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
 
Location. 42° 6.706′ N, 86° 28.81′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Recreational Boating (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Shipping (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Boatbuilding Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph River Swing Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph's Firemen (about 500 feet away); Creating a Harbor (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Joseph.
 
More about this marker. The marker is the seventh of 12 interpretive signs along the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail.
 
Related markers.
E.W. Heath Shipyard, Benton Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
3. E.W. Heath Shipyard, Benton Harbor
Close-up of Image on Marker
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are the markers of the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail. To study the markers in their order along the trail, read each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Steam Freighter <i>Puritan</i> image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
4. The Steam Freighter Puritan
Close-up of Image on Marker
The Steam Freighter <i>Puritan</i>, 1887 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
5. The Steam Freighter Puritan, 1887
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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