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Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Erie's Maritime Heritage

 
 
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By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
1. Erie's Maritime Heritage Marker
Inscription.  By virtue of a natural harbor considered the best on the lake, Erie first rose to prominence in the 19th century as a maritime center, in addition to shipbuilding and fishing, Erie's docks served as a hub of travel and trade.

In 1812-1813, six warships, including the Brig Niagara, were constructed in Erie. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry would lead them to defeat the British at the Battle of Lake Erie on September 13, 1813.

Beginning in the 1830's, Erie's steamboat fleet carried passengers and goods between the Erie Canal at Buffalo, the Port of Erie, and Western Lake Erie.

In 1843, the first iron hulled warship on the Great Lakes, the U.S.S. Michigan (later renamed the Wolverine), was built in Erie and stationed here until 1949.

In 1844, the Erie Extension Canal opened linking Erie to Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley.

At its height in the 1920's, the largest freshwater fishing fleet in the world was based in Erie's harbor.

During this period, the lighthouses at this location played a critical role in bringing ships safely into Erie's harbor, and, in turn, were instrumental in
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By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
2. Erie's Maritime Heritage Marker
the development of the United States.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 42° 8.645′ N, 80° 3.744′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Lake Front Drive west of Lighthouse Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Erie Land Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); The North Pier Head Light (here, next to this marker); The Native Legend of Presque Isle: "Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit" (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse Keepers (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Erie Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie's Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); James N. Thompson Land Lighthouse Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Erie Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
Erie's Maritime Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
3. Erie's Maritime Heritage Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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