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Kayton/Frazier Area in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sailors' Burial Ground

 
 
Sailors' Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Sailors' Burial Ground Marker
Inscription.  In this burial ground, hallowed to the "men who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters," are interred ship captains and seamen from many lands - America, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany.

The lot was purchased in 1860 by John Cunningham, a public-spirited citizen of Savannah, as a burial place for seafarers "who may die in this Port." It was presented by Major Cunningham in 1897 to the Savannah Port Society which was incorporated by the Georgia Legislature in 1843 for the purpose of promoting the welfare of "Seamen frequenting the Port of Savannah."

A commemorative service for the officers and men of the merchant marine whose mortal remains lie here is held annually at this site on the Sunday nearest National Maritime Day, May 22nd, which is the anniversary of the departure of the Steamship "Savannah" from this Port on her epoch-making voyage across the Atlantic in 1819.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-17A.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
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Location. 32° 3.994′ N, 81° 6.392′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Kayton/Frazier Area. Marker can be reached from May Drive. In Laurel Grove Cemetery North, on Hawthorne. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31415, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Silence (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKelvey-Powell Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Phillips Monumental A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Florance Street School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Jewish Burial Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charity Hospital and Training School for Nurses (approx. half a mile away); De Lyon - De La Motta Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); The Kiah House Museum (1959-2001) (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Sailors' Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 14, 2008
2. Sailors' Burial Ground Marker
Sailors' Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 14, 2008
3. Sailors' Burial Ground Marker
Sailors' Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 14, 2008
4. Sailors' Burial Ground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,353 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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