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Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boat Building

 
 
Boat Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
1. Boat Building Marker
Inscription. The building of boats has been an important industry throughout the history of the port. The first schooner built on the Genesee was named the Jemima, built in the 1790's at the place known as "Fall Town," King's Landing and Hanford Landing. Also on the west bank of the river was a large drydock, built by Captain H.N. Throop, where steamboats were serviced.
Here in Charlotte, four schooners were built in 1856 and no less than three shipyards were listed in the 1860 directory. The lumber from Captain John Farnan's sawmill was used to build schooners and his 1860 shipyard site would become home to Miller Boat Works. William Miller started working for the Rochester Yacht Club in 1893. Later, he and his sons started Miller Boat Works, where they repaired boats and built luxury yachts.
William and Anna Miller pose for this photo taken at Ontario Beach Park. Joseph and John Miller and H. Dwight Bliss III (center) side-tracking a Richardson power cruiser to winter storage at the Miller Boat Yard. Starting in 1884, Captain George Ruggles designed and built racing canoes that were world-renowned. Miller Boat Works.

On the east bank of the Genesee, at Carthage, Captain John Trowbridge built a fleet of schooners and trained the Rogers Brothers to be ship captains and boat-builders. The elder brother built their boats at a site near
Overlook Rail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
2. Overlook Rail
Marker is on a railing at the overlook. Here is the Genesee River and the Memorial Bridge to the south. The river flows north.
today's Seneca Park. Hosea Rogers located his shipyard on the east bank, just north of this overlook. He built 14 vessels, naming 3 of them after each of his wives.
North of Roger's site, Volney Lacy started the Rochester Boat Works around 1917. He built a variety of vessels, including a fleet of minesweepers for the United States Navy.
Stroller IV was built by Volney Lacy. The photo shows the boat in front to the old terminal building.
 
Location. 43° 14.963′ N, 77° 36.716′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Stutson Street and River Street, on the right when traveling east on Stutson Street. Click for map. Charlotte is a neighborhood of the City of Rochester. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossing the River by Ferry (here, next to this marker); The Village of Charlotte (here, next to this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (here, next to this marker); Stutson Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Port of the Genesee, New York (a few steps from this marker); Irondequoit and its Waterfront
Eastward - Foot of Stutson Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
3. Eastward - Foot of Stutson Street
Many markers at the overlook.
(a few steps from this marker); Lighthouses (a few steps from this marker); Resort Area (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Rochester.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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