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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William Scarbrough

Promoter of the First Transatlantic Steamship

 
 
William Scarbrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. William Scarbrough Marker
Inscription. William Scarbrough (1776-1838) was the moving force among the enterprising business men of Savannah who in 1819 sent the first steamship across the Atlantic Ocean. The corporate charter which Scarbrough and his associates obtained from the Georgia Legislature in 1818 recited that “they have formed themselves into an association, under the style and name of the Savannah Steam Ship Company, to attach, either as auxiliary or principal, the propulsion of steam to sea vessels, for the purpose of navigating the Atlantic and other oceans...”

The side-wheel steamship “Savannah,” a vessel of 350 tons, was built in the North under specifications of Scarbrough and his business associates. She steamed from Savannah May 22, 1819, on her epoch-making voyage to Europe, reaching Liverpool 27 days later.

William Scarbrough was the son of a wealthy planter of the Beaufort District, S.C. Educated in Europe, he moved to Savannah about 1798 and soon attained a leading place in the life of the community, becoming one of Savannah’s so-called “Merchant Princes” of the era. The handsome Scarbrough residence, which still stands on West Broad Street, was a center of the social life of the city. There William Scarbrough and his vibrant wife, Julia Bernard Scarbrough (1786-1851), entertained President James Monroe
William Scarbrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 21, 2005
2. William Scarbrough Marker
as a house guest in 1819.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-44.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.512′ N, 81° 5.401′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from East Oglethorpe Avenue. Touch for map. Located in the Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Vallence Bevan (1798-1830) (a few steps from this marker); Button Gwinnett (a few steps from this marker); Archibald Bulloch (within shouting distance of this marker); Duellist's Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (1759-1815) (within shouting distance of this marker); James Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Greene Malbone (1777-1807) (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Clay, Patriot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Staemship Savannah, Colonial Park
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraIndustry & CommerceNotable PersonsWaterways & Vessels
 
William Scarbrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
3. William Scarbrough Marker
Steamship Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Encarta
4. Steamship Savannah
In 1819 Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship, which measured 33 m (109 ft), made the crossing from Savannah, Georgia, to Liverpool, England, in 21 days. Records show that the ship was under steam power for only eight hours of the trip, however, probably because Savannah’s bulky and unreliable steam equipment required more coal than the ship could carry.
Plaque at City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2008
5. Plaque at City Hall
Commerative Stamp May 22, 1944  1st Day Issue image. Click for full size.
By Usps
6. Commerative Stamp May 22, 1944 1st Day Issue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,518 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 14, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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