Rear Admiral George W. Melville

Rear Admiral George W. Melville (HM1JQL)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19112 Philadelphia County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 53.61', W 75° 10.606'

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Engineer in Chief, U. S. Navy 1887-1905

— Father of NAVSSES —

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Rear Admiral George W. Melville
1841 - 1912
Engineer in Chief, U. S. Navy 1887-1905

His vision and ability led to the adoption of watertube oil burning boilers and forced draft by the U.S. Navy. He was the founder of the Naval Boiler and Turbine Laboratory — these achievements are proudly recorded by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers which he served as Vice President during 1894-1912.

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"Father of NAVSSES"

Rear Admiral George W. Melville, USN, founded the original fuel oil testing plant near this site in 1910. This plant was the forerunner of NAVSSES. Melville served as Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering and achieved lasting fame as an arctic explorer. His foresight and engineering expertise are reflected in NAVSSES today and in his honor and memory we proudly dedicate this plaza.
Year Placed1987
Placed ByNaval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES)
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Date Added Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 484887 N 4415951
Decimal Degrees39.89350000, -75.17676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 53.61', W 75° 10.606'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 53' 36.6" N, 75° 10' 36.36" W
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Area Code(s)215
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4700 S Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19112, US
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