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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Commodore Abraham Whipple

Shipbuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
1. Shipbuilding Marker
Inscription.  One of the first industries in Marietta was shipbuilding. Due to the abundance of trees and the shipbuilding talent of the New England settlers, twenty-nine ocean-going vessels were built in eight shipyards from 1800 to 1812. In 1845 shipbuilding resumed and seven more vessels were constructed. The last ship left dry dock in 1847. The first vessel built was the 110-ton brig St. Clair, captained by Commodore Abraham Whipple. Whipple was a noted Revolutionary War naval officer who escaped the British blockade in 1778 to carry important dispatches to France. He later captured ten vessels worth one million dollars from a British convoy and, in 1784, was the first to fly the American flag on the River Thames in England.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-84.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 39° 24.63′ N, 81° 
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27.133′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Ohio Street and Greene and Front Streets, on the right when traveling west on West Ohio Street. It is in the Bicentennial Plaza at the foot of Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lafayette (a few steps from this marker); S. Durward Hoag (a few steps from this marker); Southern Boundary Picketed Point (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Plaza (a few steps from this marker); The Public Landing (a few steps from this marker); Historical Flood Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ohio River’s Wild Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Marietta’s Historic Corner (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
Also see . . .
1. Ohio River Shipbuilding 1800-1807. Article by Joe Cook. Excerpt: “There is evidence that some seagoing ships were built as far upstream as Pittsburgh, but the center of the burgeoning shipbuilding industry was at Marietta, Ohio.” ... “One source credits Commodore Edward Preble, later captain of the U.S.S. Constitution, with building the first Ohio-built deep water ship, a 120 ton brig, in Marietta in 1798-99 and sailing her to New Orleans, Cuba, and Philadelphia
Shipbuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
2. Shipbuilding Marker
West Ohio Street and the Hotel Lafayette with the blue awnings in the distance.
where she was sold. This ship does not appear on a more exhaustive list of Marietta-built vessels which shows the first as being the Brig St. Clair, 110 tons, Charles Greene & Co., built by Stephen Devol in 1800, and commanded by Commodore Whipple.” (Submitted on May 5, 2017.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry for Abraham Whipple. “In 1772, Whipple sank the first British ship of the American Revolution, the British schooner Gaspee, in the Gaspée Affair. The first to unfurl the Star Spangled Banner in London, Whipple was also the first to sail an ocean-going ship 2000 miles downriver from Ohio to the Caribbean, which opened trade with the Northwest Territory.” (Submitted on May 5, 2017.) 
Commodore Abraham Whipple (1733–1819) image. Click for full size.
Oil on canvas by Edward Savage, 1786
3. Commodore Abraham Whipple (1733–1819)
Via Wikipedia Commons. Original is at the US Naval Historic Center in Washington DC.
Shipbuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
4. Shipbuilding Marker
The Ohio River and the Marietta-Williamstown Bridge (US 60) between Ohio and West Virginia in the background.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 763 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 5, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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May. 30, 2023