Sailors' Burial Ground

Sailors' Burial Ground (HM5H3)

Location: Savannah, GA 31415 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 3.994', W 81° 6.392'

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In this burial ground, hallowed to the "men who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters," are interred ship captains and seamen from many lands - America, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany.

The lot was purchased in 1860 by John Cunningham, a public-spirited citizen of Savannah, as a burial place for seafarers "who may die in this Port." It was presented by Major Cunningham in 1897 to the Savannah Port Society which was incorporated by the Georgia Legislature in 1843 for the purpose of promoting the welfare of "Seamen frequenting the Port of Savannah."

A commemorative service for the officers and men of the merchant marine whose mortal remains lie here is held annually at this site on the Sunday nearest National Maritime Day, May 22nd, which is the anniversary of the departure of the Steamship "Savannah" from this Port on her epoch-making voyage across the Atlantic in 1819.
HM NumberHM5H3
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-17A
Year Placed1953
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 4:16am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 489944 N 3547819
Decimal Degrees32.06656667, -81.10653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 3.994', W 81° 6.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 3' 59.64" N, 81° 6' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1098 May St, Savannah GA 31415, US
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