St. Marys in Camden County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Shipbuilding Launched in St. Marys
St. Marys History Walk
Live Oak, widely used in early American shipbuilding , made St. Marys a natural site for shipyard enterprise. Lumber from the live oak was specifically used to make curved and especially strong , structural members of the hull. In the 1790s, Col. John Patterson, a master ship-builder from Philadelphia, established a shipyard in St. Marys.
In 1798, the galley USS St. Marys was launched from the Patterson shipyard, followed by The General Oglethorpe in 1801. By 1837 “more boats had been built in St. Marys than in any other port in Georgia” (The Savannah Georgian).
Erected 2016 by Dave & Betty Reilly.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 30° 43.31′ N, 81° 33.24′ W. Marker is in St. Marys, Georgia, in Camden County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bartlett Street and St Mary Street West, on the left when traveling north. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Bartlett St, Saint Marys GA 31558, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tall Ships in the Harbor (here, next to this marker); Ships Under Sail: (here, next to this marker); International Border Town (a few steps from this marker); The Tragic Acadians (a few steps from this marker); Industry finds St. Marys (a few steps from this marker); Industry finds St. Marys: (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Industry finds St. Marys: (within shouting distance of this marker); The Washington Pump & Oak (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marys.
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