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Clinton in Middlesex County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

A Seafaring Town

 
 
A Seafaring Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
1. A Seafaring Town Marker
Inscription.
A Seafaring Town
You are standing beside the Indian River in the heart of the 1663 settlement of Killingworth, sited on its protective harbor. In 1838, the shoreline portion parted from northern Killingworth and became Clinton.
Shipbuilding
The first shipyard was built 1n 1710. Others followed, launching some 182 merchant vessels by 1876. The largest was the three-masted 110-foot ship Sutton. In later years, smaller boatyards specialized in sailing yachts.
Trade Routes
Clinton ships traded up and down the Atlantic coast and out to the West Indies. Cargoes included timber, coal, hay, barrel staves, livestock, farm produce, firewood, and rum. 161 captains of sail and steam vessels lived in Clinton.
Sea Commerce
Most of Clinton’s ships were sold to owners from Maine to Cuba. 155 Clintonians invested in ships. The most famous, Charles Morgan (pictured), went on to create a large steamship empire in New York and the Gulf of Mexico.
Fishing
From the earliest days, fishing was part of Clinton’s economy. Clams, oysters, and lobsters were abundant. Fish weirs (traps) once lined the harbor and fish oil was processed in a factory on the east shore.

Clinton’s maritime tradition continues, with its popular marinas and moorings serving
A Seafaring Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
2. A Seafaring Town Marker
yachts and fishermen.

Contributors: Arbor Garden Club · Clinton Historical Society · Town of Clinton
 
Erected by the Clinton Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 16.625′ N, 72° 31.456′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Connecticut, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 1) and Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located behind Clinton Town Hall next to the Clinton Landing Gazebo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 East Main Street, Clinton CT 06413, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clinton Veterans Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clinton (about 400 feet away); Field of Flags (about 500 feet away); Yale College (about 500 feet away); Charles Morgan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Pierson (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Cannon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clinton Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Marker next to the Clinton Landing Gazebo image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
3. Marker next to the Clinton Landing Gazebo
Semper Fi
United States Marines
McCusker Landing
Dedicated on May 25, 2014
to former First Selectman
James M. McCusker, Jr.
A Devoted Family Man
The longest serving First Selectman in Clinton’s history
(1994-2005)
“A life that touches others goes on forever”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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