Commodore Abraham WhippleOne of the first industries in Marietta was shipbuilding. Due to the abundance of trees and the shipbuilding talent of the New England settlers, twenty-nine ocean-going vessels were built in eight shipyards from 1800 to 1812. In 1845 shipbuilding resumed and seven more vessels were constructed. The last ship left dry dock in 1847. The first vessel built was the 110-ton brig St. Clair, captained by Commodore Abraham Whipple. Whipple was a noted Revolutionary War naval officer who escaped the British blockade in 1778 to carry important dispatches to France. He later captured ten vessels worth one million dollars from a British convoy and, in 1784, was the first to fly the American flag on the River Thames in England.
|Placed By||Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., and the Ohio Historical Society|
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|Date Added||Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 461068 N 4362429|
|Decimal Degrees||39.41050000, -81.45221667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 24.63', W 81° 27.133'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 24' 37.8" N, 81° 27' 7.98" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 W Ohio St, Marietta OH 45750, US|
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