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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The “John Randolph”

 
 
The "John Randolph" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2008
1. The "John Randolph" Marker
Inscription.
1834        1919

This tablet commemorates
The "John Randolph"
the first iron vessel seen in
American waters
Riveted together and launched here in 1834,
the plates having been made by John Laird
of Birkenhead, England, and shipped to this
port in sections
Built for Gazaway B. Lamar, Banker and Cotton
Merchant of Savannah
The same great iron shipbuilder
John Laird
built in 1862 the Confederate Cruiser
"ALABAMA"

 
Location. 32° 4.855′ N, 81° 5.474′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on E Bay St near Bull St., on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Savannah (a few steps from this marker); United States Customhouse (a few steps from this marker); Oglethorpe's House (a few steps from this marker); John Wesley (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists
The "John Randolph" Marker on left side of center arch, at Old City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2005
2. The "John Randolph" Marker on left side of center arch, at Old City Hall
(within shouting distance of this marker); This is Yamacraw Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Railroad & Bank Bldg. (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding The "John Randolph". The SS JOHN RANDOLPH, American's first successful iron steamship in commerce, was launched in this harbor July 9, 1834. Prefabricated in Birkenhead, England for Gazaway B. Lamar of Savannah, she was shipped in segments and assembled here. She was 100' long 22' breadth. Unlike the SS SAVANNAH, she was an immediate commercial success in the river trade, and was the first of a great fleet of iron steamboats on the rivers of America.
 
Also see . . .  John Laird. he built the paddle steamer John Randolph for Savannah, Georgia, stated to be the first iron ship seen in America. For the East India Company, he built in 1839 the HEIC Nemesis, the first iron vessel carrying guns. (Submitted on June 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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The CSS <i>Alabama image. Click for full size.
3. The CSS Alabama
Built by John Laird 28 years after the John Randolph.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,344 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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