Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Harlan & Hollingsworth & Co., Wilmington, Delaware, 1878
To comply with federal law protecting historic sites, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office, and the Riverfront Development Corporation worked together on the Riverfront Wilmington project from 1998 to 2000. Archeological excavations at several key points along the Riverfront revealed significant information about Wilmington's historic waterfront industries.
Selected areas of the Harlan and Hollingsworth Shipyard site were stripped, uncovering remains of several launchways as shown below. The remains were sampled to help answer questions about materials and methods used by the shipbuilding industry.
This photo, taken about 1870, shows the Simpson Patent Drydock installed by Harlan & Hollingsworth to facilitate repair of large ships. The drydock was located west of the Elder Cut stream run and the launchways shown below in excavation.
Below: Sketch plan of excavations on the riverfront
Workers proudly pose in front of the Wyanoke, a ship built for the Old Dominion Steamship Company in 1870.
Erected by Riverfront Wilmington.
Location. 39° 44.2′ N, 75° 33.477′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from River Place east of Justison Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 River Place, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Delaware Korean War Killed In Action Memorial (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Historic Shipyards (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Underground Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); South Market Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); South Market Street Bridge Dedicated in Honor of Senator John E. Reilly, Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Railroad Boom (approx. ¼ mile away); Freedom Lost (approx. ¼ mile away); Harriet Tubman (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Additional keywords. archaeology
Categories. Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 20 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.