Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces
The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail
This plaque is in commemoration of the firm of Messrs. Troop and son, shipowners in the city of Saint John, New Brunswick, where the business of the firm was carried on during the years 1847-1912.
Founded by Jacob V. Troop, the business was continued by his son, Howard D. Troop, the firm at one time owned the largest fleet of wooden sailing vessels in Canada.
The white-winged craft carrying the famous diamond “T” house flag were renowned for their excellence in design. Beauty and performance in every major port throughout the world during the golden age of sail.
In their day, records of the vessels for swift passage were never excelled.
To lend colour to the fact about these vessels, we need only to look at old photographs, paintings, and drawings, these serve “to visualize the handiwork of long-gone craftsmen, as well as picture a generation that knows them not , the splendid fabrics of wood and canvas, rope and metal, that braved the water wastes, woven the strands of commerce, and helped build a greater empire than has been.”
This building at 162 Prince William Street
Erected 1967 by The Descendants of Howard D. Troop.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 45° 16.211′ N, 66° 3.681′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker is on Prince William Street just from Duke Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 162 Prince William Street, Saint John, New Brunswick NB E2L 2B6, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clearing Customs in Style / Franchir les douanes avec grâce (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); West meets East / L'ouest et l'est se rencontrent (about 90 meters away); Church of Saint Andrew and Saint David (about 150 meters away); Prince William Streetscape / La Rue Prince William (about 150 meters away); New Brunswick’s First School of Law (about 150 meters away); First Marine Compound Engine (about 210 meters away); First Steam Fog Horn (about 210 meters away); Prince William Street - Before and After the 1877 Fire (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint John.
Also see . . . Jacob Valentine Troop - Wikipedia. He also became owner or part owner of a number of ships trading with the West Indies. His company, Troop and Son, later became involved in trans-Atlantic shipping and also acted as agent for a number of shipping lines. (Submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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