South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Between 1866 and 1902, more than 50 wooden ships were built at shipyards along the banks of the Black River. The construction of these ships was financed by the ship owners, local merchants, groups of shareholders, and small shipping companies. Shipyards employed carpenters, joiners, caulkers, mast makers, riggers and other skilled workers.
Shipbuilding declined during the early 1900s, as South Haven's economy increasingly catered to the resort industry. Although today's recreational boats are largely constructed out of fiberglass, the tradition of small wooden boatbuilding continues in South Haven.
Erected by South Haven Municipal Marina & Michigan Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 42° 24.29′ N, 86° 16.679′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Black River Street Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Black River Street, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Entertainment Around the Harbor (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Algonquin Legends of South Haven (about 500 feet away); Commercial Shipping (about 700 feet away); Downtown's Rich History (about 800 feet away); Evelyn S (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commercial Fishing (approx. 0.2 miles away); South Haven World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Haven Peaches (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. South Haven Harbor Walk
Also see . . . South Haven Harbor Walk. This South Haven Harbor Walk map shows the location of this and other historical markers in South Haven. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.