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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Captain John F. Gilooly

 
 
Captain John F. Gilooly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
1. Captain John F. Gilooly Marker
Inscription.
Captain John F. Gilooly
Louisville’s most famous life saver at the Falls of the Ohio, Captain John F. (Jack) Gilooly (1855 - 1926), assisted in or effected the saving of 6,312 persons, property valued at $5,500,00, and recovery of 400 bodies of drowning victims. Perhaps his most famous rescue was in 1914, when he and crew saved 215 New Orleans Mardi Gras-bound passengers aboard the steamer Queen City, and "not one had a wet foot.” Gilooly and his crew refused the $5,000 reward the grateful revelers presented him, but asked instead that the life saving service be made a part of the U.S. Coast Guard, which was accomplished in 1915.
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Location. 38° 15.552′ N, 85° 45.313′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West River Road and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the Mayor Andrew Broaddus Lifesaving Station, docked at the Louisville Riverwalk, next to the Belle of Louisville. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 W River Road, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belle of Louisville (here, next to this marker);
Captain John F. Gilooly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
2. Captain John F. Gilooly Marker
Mayor Andrew Broaddus (here, next to this marker); U.S. Coast Guard World War II Operations in Louisville (a few steps from this marker); Life Saving Station 10 (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Belle of Louisville (a few steps from this marker); Visitors at Louisville Wharf / Louisville’s Steamboat Era (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / York (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irene Dunne (1898-1990) (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Categories. Heroes
 
The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
3. The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10
The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
4. The Mayor Andrew Broaddus, Lifesaving Station #10
Plaques on the Mayor Andrew Broaddus image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
5. Plaques on the Mayor Andrew Broaddus
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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