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The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail

 
 
The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
1. The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail Marker
Inscription.
This plaque is in commemoration of the firm of Messrs. Troop and son, shipowners in the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, where the business of the firm was carried on during the years 1847-1912.

Founded by Jacob V. Troop, the business was continued by his son, Howard D. Troop, the firm at one time owned the largest fleet of wooden sailing vessels in Canada.

The white-winged craft carrying the famous diamond “T” house flag were renowned for their excellence in design. Beauty and performance in every major port throughout the world during the golden age of sail.

In their day, records of the vessels for swift passage were never excelled.

To lend colour to the fact about these vessels, we need only to look at old photographs, paintings, and drawings, these serve “to visualize the handiwork of long-gone craftsmen, as well as picture a generation that knows them not , the splendid fabrics of wood and canvas, rope and metal, that braved the water wastes, woven the strands of commerce, and helped build a greater empire than has been.”

This building at 162 Prince William Street was erected by Messrs. Troop and Son in 1863, and occupied by the firm until 1912.
 
Erected 1967 by The Descendants of Howard D. Troop.
 
Location.
The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
2. The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
45° 16.211′ N, 66° 3.681′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker is on Prince William Street just from Duke Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 162 Prince William Street, Saint John, New Brunswick NB E2L 2B6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church of Saint Andrew and Saint David (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); New Brunswick’s First School of Law (about 150 meters away); First Marine Compound Engine (about 210 meters away); First Steam Fog Horn (about 210 meters away); Prince William Street - Before and After the 1877 Fire (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Centerbeam Place (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Scottish Strength (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Marco Polo (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint John.
 
Also see . . .  Jacob Valentine Troop - Wikipedia. He also became owner or part owner of a number of ships trading with the West Indies. His company, Troop and Son, later became involved in trans-Atlantic shipping and also acted as agent for a number of shipping lines. (Submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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