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Belvedere in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

William Henry Webb

Shipbuilder - Philanthropist - Educator, 1816 - 1899

 
 
William Henry Webb Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
1. William Henry Webb Marker
Inscription.  William H. Webb has been called the greatest shipbuilder of the mid- nineteenth century, an era that saw the development of the clipper ship, the steam propelled vessel and the ironclad warship. His reputation was based not only on the number, size and quality of the ships built at his New York City shipyard, but also on the innovative designs for which he was responsible. Willam H. Webb's most lasting contribution was his endowment in 1889 of an academy for the education of ship designers and builders. The fully accredited engineering college is now known as Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Scholarships are granted to all students admitted, as has been the policy for one hundred years. Many Webb graduates have become leaders of the United States maritime industry.

In affectionate and grateful recognition of Willam H. Webb and his vision, this plaque is dedicated by the Alumni Association of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in 1989, the centennial year of its founding.
 
Erected 1989 by Alumni Association of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 52.392′ N, 122° 27.734′ 

William Henry Webb Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
2. William Henry Webb Marker - wide view
The marker is one of two mounted to an anchor in front of the China Cabin.
W. Marker is in Belvedere, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Beach Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 52 Beach Road, Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pacific Mail Steamship China (here, next to this marker); China Cabin (here, next to this marker); Looking Back at Belvedere (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1870’s Ranch Shed (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1890’s Drawbridge Gatehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1906 Arks Victorian Influence (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1890 Folk Victorian Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1920 Folk Victorian Dwelling (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belvedere.
 
Also see . . .  William H. Webb (Wikipedia). "William Henry Webb (19 June 1816 – 30 October 1899) was a 19th-century New York City shipbuilder and philanthropist, who has been called America's first true naval architect." (Submitted on August 11, 2020.) 
 
William Henry Webb Marker - wider view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
3. William Henry Webb Marker - wider view
The marker is visible through the railings, with the China Cabin in the background.
William Webb image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, Archives, 1841
4. William Webb
Photo portrait of William Webb. Mr. Webb (1816-1899) became a member of the General Society in 1841. Besides his legendary work as a prominent shipbuilder, he was the founder of "Webb’s Academy and Home for Shipbuilders" in 1894, which still exists today as the Glen Cove Long Island based "Webb Institute."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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