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

Captain Johnston Blakely

 
 
Captain Johnston Blakely Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 26, 2018
1. Captain Johnston Blakely Marker
Inscription.  

This anchor is preserved here as a memorial to Captain Johnston Blakely, captain of the sloop-of-war "Wasp" during the War of 1812. Captain Blakely was born in October 1781 and after a courageous naval career was lost at sea in October 1814. The Borough of Blakely was named in his honor. The anchor in his memory was taken from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp, a valiant ship serving our country during World War II.

This anchor was erected in 1976 under the auspices of A. Pierson Hurd Post 236 American Legion and the [obscured] Committee
 
Erected 1976 by A. Pierson Hurd Post 236 American Legion, Borough of Blakely, and Others.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lost at Sea series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1781.
 
Location. 41° 28.286′ N, 75° 36.438′ W. Marker is in Blakely, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is at the intersection of Main

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Street and Lackawanna Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 347), on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olyphant PA 18447, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Olyphant Coal Miners Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (about 800 feet away); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Loretto Perfectus Walsh (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nestor Chylak (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John J. Morelli (approx. ¼ mile away); Olyphant Junior High School (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Johnston Blakely Bio. (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Wasp II (Sloop-of-War). (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wasp IX (CV-18). (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Wasp X (LHD-1). (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Captain Johnston Blakely Marker and USS <i>Wasp</i> Anchor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., December 26, 2018
2. Captain Johnston Blakely Marker and USS Wasp Anchor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 968 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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