Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Commodore Abraham Whipple
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-84.)
Location. 39° 24.63′ N, 81° 27.133′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Ohio Street and Greene and Front Streets, on the right when traveling west on West Ohio Street. Touch for map. It is in the Bicentennial Plaza at the foot of Front Street. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Lafayette (a few steps from this marker); S. Durward Hoag (a few steps from this marker); Southern Boundary Picketed Point (a few steps from this marker); The Public Landing (a few steps from this marker); The Ohio River’s Wild Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Marietta’s Historic Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Marietta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forty-Eight Pioneers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
Also see . . .
1. Ohio River Shipbuilding 1800-1807. Article by Joe Cook. Excerpt: “There is evidence that some seagoing ships were built as far upstream as Pittsburgh, but the center of the burgeoning shipbuilding industry was at Marietta, Ohio.” ... “One source credits Commodore Edward Preble, later captain of the U.S.S. Constitution, with building the first Ohio-built deep water ship, a 120 ton brig, in Marietta in 1798-99 and sailing her to New Orleans, Cuba, and Philadelphia where she was sold. This ship does not appear on a more exhaustive list of Marietta-built vessels which shows the first as being the Brig St. Clair, 110 tons, Charles Greene & Co., built by Stephen Devol in 1800, and commanded by Commodore Whipple.” (Submitted on May 5, 2017.)
2. Wikipedia Entry for Abraham Whipple. “In 1772, Whipple sank the first British ship of the American Revolution, the British schooner Gaspee, in the Gaspée Affair. The first to unfurl the Star Spangled Banner in London, Whipple was also the first to sail an ocean-going ship 2000 miles downriver from Ohio to the Caribbean, which opened trade with the Northwest Territory.” (Submitted on May 5, 2017.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 5, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.