Sackets Harbor Shipbuilding

Sackets Harbor Shipbuilding (HM1FM0)

Location: Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 56.905', W 76° 7.339'

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A Race for Naval Superiority

— Maritime Heritage —

Sackets Harbor

During the War of 1812 Sackets Harbor was the most active naval station in the United States. The U.S. and British navies were engaged in a shipbuilding competition for control of lake Ontario. Tremendous effort and money was spent, but in the end the two navies never met in a major battle on this lake.

Henry Eckford

Henry Eckford was a shipbuilding genius. Under Eckford's leadership craftsmen built at a feverish pace. He designed the ships, organized the labor force, procured the materials and supervised the work required to launch a major warship in about 35 days. Eckford completed eight warships at Sackets harbor, the most at any location during the War of 1812, and had them ready for the decisive battle that never came.

The Frigate Superior

Launched: May 1, 1814

Length: 195 feet

Sides Pierced for 64 Guns

Construction Time: 80 Days

Crew: 500 Officers, Seamen and Marines

The largest U.S. Navy warship in service during the War of 1812.

A Frantic Shipbuilding Schedule


- Oneida (pre-existing)


- Nine Schooners Purchased

- Madison


- Asp, Lady of the Lake

- Sylph, General Pike

- Julia, Growler


- Jefferson, Jones

- Superior, Mohawk

- New Orleans, Chippewa, Plattsburg (under construction)

Shipyard to Boneyard

At war's end the great shipbuilding effort ceased. The incomplete 106 gun Ship-of-the-Line New Orleans sat on the stocks until 1883 and most of the other warships were covered with a board roof to try and preserve them. By 1825 only the New Orleans remained intact, the others had decayed and sank. Some, including the Superior, were later demolished, some were refitted for commercial use, while the Jefferson's remains are still buried in the mud beneath the marina to this day.
HM NumberHM1FM0
Placed ByGreat Lakes Seaway Trail
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 409941 N 4866755
Decimal Degrees43.94841667, -76.12231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 56.905', W 76° 7.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 56' 54.3" N, 76° 7' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 151 County Rd 62, Sackets Harbor NY 13685, US
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