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Bethany Beach in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward

 
 
Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 11, 2017
1. Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward Marker
Inscription. The Faithful Steward, bound from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia, ran aground on a shoal September 1, 1785 with 249 passengers aboard. Stormy weather drove the vessel toward shore where it became stranded in 4 fathoms (24 feet) of water within 100 yards of the shoreline. Strong winds capsized the ship and 181 passengers, including 93 women and children, perished. Looters soon arrived, carried off trunks of personal cargo, and picked the pockets of the deceased. The ship carried 400 barrels of British copper halfpennies and rose gold guineas. The coins redeposit along the shore after strong storms, giving rise to the name, Coin Beach.
 
Erected 2017 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-73.)
 
Location. 38° 37.668′ N, 75° 4.061′ W. Marker is in Bethany Beach, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of Delaware Route 1 at milepost 12 and Savages Ditch Rd., on the right when traveling south on State Route 1. Touch for map. Marker doesn't face the south bound traffic. You see it when you look up (west) Savages Ditch Road as you go through the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Bethany Beach DE 19930, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker
Shipwreck marker is hard to spot as it faces the highway, right in front of the power pole. image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 11, 2017
2. Shipwreck marker is hard to spot as it faces the highway, right in front of the power pole.
, measured as the crow flies. Indian River Life-Saving Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. 3½ miles away); History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake (approx. 5½ miles away); Ocean View Delaware (approx. 5.7 miles away); Ocean View Presbyterian Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Bethany Beach Loop Canal (approx. 6 miles away); Funland (approx. 6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Savages Ditch is a kayaker's paradise.
 
Regarding Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward. Tells the tale of a shipwreck and how nearby Coin Beach got its name. Coin beach is on the other side of the sand dunes. There's a parking lot at nearby Delaware Seashore State Park.
 
Additional keywords. Coin Beach
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Shipwreck marker viewed from the north bound lanes. image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 11, 2017
3. Shipwreck marker viewed from the north bound lanes.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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