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Bayou La Batre in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Bayou La Batre, Alabama

Bayou La Batre, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By David C Lannie Jr, May 4, 2010
1. Bayou La Batre, Alabama Marker
St Margaret Catholic Church - Fleet Blessing
Inscription. The stream near the site, known as Bayou la Batre, was known during the period of French occupation as "Riviere d'Erbane," then as "Rivere la batterie" because of the French artillery battery located on its banks. The town's name consists of bayou, the Gallicized form of "bok," the Choctaw word for "creek," and "la batre," derived from "la batterie." Clarence Mallet, who was born in St. Martinville, Louisiana moved to Bayou La Batre in 1925. Mallet brought with him a strong belief that God's blessings are essential to a good harvest from the sea. With this in mind, he convinced Father Alex O'Neil to hold the first Blessing of the Fleet. This was in 1949. This old world custom is a public acknowledgment of God as his blessings are asked for a bountiful harvest and the safety of the men that go to sea. The tradition that Mallet brought to the Mobile County Community has continued over the years.
Erected 2010 by The Alabama tourism Department and the City of Bayou La Batre.
Location. 30° 24.261′ N, 88° 14.876′ W. Marker is in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on South Wintzell Avenue (Alabama Route 188) near Tapia Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located between St. Margaret Church and the School Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13790 S Wintzell Ave., Bayou La Batre AL 36509, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Service Monument (approx. 11.8 miles away in Mississippi); 19th Century Shipwreck (approx. 14.8 miles away); Fort Gaines (approx. 14.9 miles away); Storm Clouds Gather (approx. 14.9 miles away); "To Be Blown To Kingdom Come" (approx. 14.9 miles away); "Save Your Garrison." (approx. 14.9 miles away); Anchor From U.S.S. Hartford (approx. 14.9 miles away); “Damn the Torpedoes!” (approx. 14.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Bayou La Batre. (Submitted on January 4, 2013, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
Additional keywords. St Margaret Catholic Church
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