Clinton in Middlesex County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
A Seafaring Town
The first shipyard was built 1n 1710. Others followed, launching some 182 merchant vessels by 1876. The largest was the three-masted 110-foot ship Sutton. In later years, smaller boatyards specialized in sailing yachts.
Clinton ships traded up and down the Atlantic coast and out to the West Indies. Cargoes included timber, coal, hay, barrel staves, livestock, farm produce, firewood, and rum. 161 captains of sail and steam vessels lived in Clinton.
Most of Clinton’s ships were sold to owners from Maine to Cuba. 155 Clintonians invested in ships. The most famous, Charles Morgan (pictured), went on to create a large steamship empire in New York and the Gulf of Mexico.
From the earliest days, fishing was part of Clinton’s economy. Clams, oysters, and lobsters were abundant. Fish weirs (traps) once lined the harbor and fish oil was processed in a factory on the east shore.
Clinton’s maritime tradition continues, with its popular marinas and moorings serving
Contributors: Arbor Garden Club · Clinton Historical Society · Town of Clinton
Erected by the Clinton Historical Society.
Location. 41° 16.625′ N, 72° 31.456′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Connecticut, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 1) and Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located behind Clinton Town Hall next to the Clinton Landing Gazebo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 East Main Street, Clinton CT 06413, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clinton Veterans Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clinton (about 400 feet away); Field of Flags (about 500 feet away); Yale College (about 500 feet away); Charles Morgan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Pierson (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Cannon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clinton Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.