Historic Markers Across Georgia



Savannah's Irish and Robert Emmet Park



Marker ID: GHS 25-14
Location: Robert Emmet Park on Bay St., Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 04.786    W 081° 05.201
  32.079766    -81.08668
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMWD8
Savannah's Irish and Robert Emmet Park Marker  



Text:

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.

2003.4 ERECTED BY THE GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE ST. PATRICK´S DAY PARADE COMMITTEE 25-14



 

 

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