Milton in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Shipbuilding on the Broadkill
Located at the highest point of navigation, the tiny village of Milton offered the advantage of proximity to the inland forests, and by the early 1800s a majority of the shipyards were located here. While earlier vessels had been built for local commerce, the Broadkill industry’s reputation for quality fueled a demand for ships by outside interests. The size of vessels grew steadily, and local shipwrights were routinely producing ships for the coastal and Trans-Atlantic trade by the mid-19th century. Increasing preference for steam-driven ships, the physical limitations of the river, and the lack of quality timber, resulted in the rapid decline of the industry in the 1890s. By the dawn of the 20th century the Broadkill’s
Erected 2001 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-143.)
Location. 38° 46.725′ N, 75° 18.615′ W. Marker is in Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Chandler Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Milton Memorial Park at the Broadkill River foot bridge and landing, behind the library. Marker is in this post office area: Milton DE 19968, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ships and Men (a few steps from this marker); The Holly Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Milton Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor David Hazzard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milton Museum (about 400 feet away); Governor Samuel Paynter (about 500 feet away); Milton Fire Department, Inc. (about 600 feet away); Carey Storehouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
Regarding Shipbuilding on the Broadkill. Originally settled in 1672, it was once known as "Head of the Broadkill" for its geographic location at the head of the Broadkill River. This location, just a few miles from Delaware
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.