“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Swansboro in Onslow County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)


"Prometheus" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
1. "Prometheus" Marker
Inscription. First steamboat made in N.C. Built in 1818 by Otway Burns, privateer in War of 1812. Shipyard located 350 feet S.W.
Erected 1976 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number C 54.)
Location. 34° 41.258′ N, 77° 7.048′ W. Marker is in Swansboro, North Carolina, in Onslow County. Marker is at the intersection of West Corbett Avenue (State Highway 24) and Front Street, on the right when traveling east on West Corbett Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is best reached by parking in the lot on the north side of the road, and following the walking path along the White Oak River, under the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Swansboro NC 28584, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Col. John Starkey (here, next to this marker); Port Swannsborough (here, next to this marker); Huggins' Island Fort (a few steps from this marker); Hammocks Beach State Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Huggins Island Battery (approx. 1.9 miles away); James Melville Jones (approx. 14.6 miles away); Hofmann Forest (approx. 14.6 miles away); Julius Valentine Hofmann (approx. 14.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Swansboro.
Also see . . .
Four Markers at Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Four Markers at Bridge
Four markers stand at the Swansboro side of the bridge over White Oak River.

1. Otway Burns - Shipbuilder and Privateer. Article from a blog detailing Swansboro history. (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. July 1813 - Otway Burns and the Snap Dragon. This Month in NC History: a webpage of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Submitted on March 11, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.) 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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