Site of Colonial Shipyard

Site of Colonial Shipyard (HM608)

Location: Savannah, GA 31406 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 56.548', W 81° 6.474'

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Approximately 300 yards northeast of this marker there was located in colonial days a shipyard where at least one vessel capable of engaging in overseas trade was built.

The creek on which it stood is known as Shipyard Creek. The site of the shipyard was on the Beaulieu (or Bewlie) plantation of John Morel and was favorable for shipbuilding activities because of its accessibility to the Vernon River and the plentiful supply of live oak in the vicinity.

Here, in December, 1774, Daniel Giroud, shipbuilder, constructed the brig "Bewlie," a vessel of 200 tons burden. In reporting the launching of the ship the "Georgia Gazette" stated that "those who are judges say she is well built and of the best materials, particularly her frame." During the American Revolution Giroud assisted in the construction of several Continental row galleys which saw service in Georgia waters.
HM NumberHM608
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-66
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 8:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 489801 N 3534063
Decimal Degrees31.94246667, -81.10790000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 56.548', W 81° 6.474'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 56' 32.88" N, 81° 6' 28.44" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 419 Shipyard Rd, Savannah GA 31406, US
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