Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
“Old Defender” George Roberts, a free black from Canton, was a gunner on the privateer Chasseur in 1814 and participated in several battles while at sea. Roberts proudly participated in Baltimore’ annual War of 1812 Defenders Day parades until his death at 95.
“Resolved, That owners of the vessels now moored and mad fast, at or near the wharves of the city, are hereby directed to remove their vessels immediately to some place below Harris’s Creek for the greater security…”
Minutes, Committee of Vigilance and Safety, August 26, 1814.
(Inscription under the engraving in the center)
This 1800 engraving showing shipbuilding in Philadelphia resembles work that took place on the Constitution at the Stodder Shipyard, once located
(Inscription under the map at the lower center)
Plan of the town of Baltimore, 1793-Image courtesy Library of Congress.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
Location. 39° 16.804′ N, 76° 34.788′ W. Marker is in Canton in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Boston Street and South Lakewood Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Boston Street. The marker is located in Boston Street Pier Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Regional Trail (here, next to this marker); Historic Canton (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Historic Canton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Canton Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Casimir Pulaski (approx. half a mile away); 931 Fell Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); 721 South Durham Street (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.