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Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Marine Ways

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Marine Ways Marker
Inscription. Paducah's first heavy industry was a marine ways to build and repair river craft. Elijah Murray of St. Louis got a contract in 1843, but it did no materialize until 1853. These works have been in continuous operation ever since, with a brief intermission due to the Flood of 1937. Initially, ten rail sections, each capable of holding boats 350 feet in length, were completed by March of 1854. A cradle would be lowered down the rails and placed under the craft. Lashed securely, the vessel would be pulled up to the top of the bank so that access was had to entire hull. Motive power ranged from teams of oxen to steam over the years before the Civil War. Currently, conventional dry docks are used. Dedicated to the Staff and Leadership of the Seamen's Church Institute for their training and support of inland river mariners.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Core Users of the Center for Maritime Education: ACL, AEP/Memco,Canal,Crounse, Ingram, Marathon, TECO, and WKN.
 
Location. 37° 5.279′ N, 88° 35.638′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street. Touch for map. Between Iced Solid - Clear to Illinois! and Homecoming. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Marine Ways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Marine Ways Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First County Seat - Braxton Small (here, next to this marker); Iced Solid - Clear to Illinois! (here, next to this marker); May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (a few steps from this marker); Chickasaw Tribe in Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Construction in the 1840's (a few steps from this marker); Paducah's Riverfront (a few steps from this marker); Woodland and Mississippian Indians (a few steps from this marker); Paleo and Archaic Indians (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Marine Ways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. Marine Ways Marker
Marine Ways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
4. Marine Ways Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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