The Marine Railway
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
The Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company had so much business that it needed two marine railways. Workers kept the railways occupied six days a week, 52 weeks a year.
The marine railway here was built following the same principles as historic railways. In this modern rendition, motors have replaced horses, mules and oxen. Like the marine railways of old, this mechanical device can lift boars and ships weighing up to 100 tons.
(Inscription under the image on the bottom right)
The Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company. This image of the first African American owned and operated shipyard in the United States shows both of the company’s marine railways. (Maryland Historical Society collections)
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Douglass Sculpture (a few steps from this marker); Archaeological Remains (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hankin Healthy Harbor Walking Tour (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Black Shipbuilders of the Chesapeake Bay (about 600 feet away); Association of Maryland Pilots (about 800 feet away); Loring Cornish / How Great Thou Art (approx. 0.2 miles away); It is now the world's largest music event. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 13, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.