Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Otis H. Smith City Dock
Entrepreneur, Civil Servent
Mayor, City of Lewes
Otis H. Smith was the founder and President of Fish Products Co., one of the country's largest menhaden processing operations.
During his long residency in Lewes, Mr. Smith was a tireless community leader whose many accomplishments and gifts to the City as Mayor included construction of the first City Public Dock .
Mr. Smith was also instrumental in establishing the University of Delaware Marine Laboratory in Lewes, in 1951. He later helped finance the research vessel "Cape Henlopen" and the college's marine research building.
October 2, 2010.
Location. 38° 46.557′ N, 75° 8.326′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Front Street near Neils Alley, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bombardment of Lewes (a few steps from this marker); The War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Bombardment of Lewes The Cannonball House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Explorations of Giovanni da Verrazzano (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewes-Rehoboth Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Lewes Pilot Skiff (within shouting distance of this marker); Dodds Corner (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Regarding Otis H. Smith City Dock. Otis H. Smith came from a family in Amagansett, N.Y. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, he moved to Lewes, Delaware, where he maintained the tradition set by his father and uncle by establishing himself in the fishing industry. As founder and president of the fish products company, he managed one of the first and largest menhaden processing operations in the country and helped develop the industry along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Through such activity he attained a highly respected position in the national fishing industry. In 1962 the U. S. Department of Interior selected him for a conservation award for his contributions to the menhaden industry.
- The Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) is a small, oily-fleshed fish that plays a major role in the marine ecosystem on the east coast of the United States
In recent years, menhaden are the primary source of fishmeal and fish oil, used as food for livestock and aquaculture, such as salmon.
— Submitted December 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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