Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jekyll Island Club Wharf

Marker ID: GHM 063-28
Location: Off Riverview Drive at the wharf, Jekyll Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 3.501    W 081° 25.389
  31.05835    -81.42315
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6QW1
Jekyll Island Club Wharf Marker  


Here anchored the most luxurious pleasure craft in the world during the existence of the Jekyll Island Club, 1886-1942.

No other yacht was comparable to John Pierpont Morgan´s several Corsairs. Corsair II, too large to dock, anchored in the channel. Morgan was escorted ashore by a flotilla of small craft, after a cannon had sounded off his arrival in these waters. Corsair II was 304 ft. overall, beam 33 1/2 ft., draft 17 ft., speed 19 knots, tonnage 1,600. About this Corsair Morgan, when asked how much it cost, made his classic remark: ´If you have to consider the cost you have no business with a yacht.´

Other palatial yachts owned by Jekyll Island Club members were: Pierre Lorillard´s Caimen, James Stillman´s Wanda, Astors´ Nourmahal, Vanderbilt´s Alvah and Valiant. H. Manville´s Hi Esmaro, Jr., Pulitzer´s Liberty, George F. Baker´s Viking, E. T. Stotesbury´s Castle, Cranes´ Illyria, Theodore N. Vail´s Speedwell and Northwind, Commodore Frederick Bourne´s Marjorie, Goulds´ Hildegards, Saono, i and Ketchum. Edwin Gould built a private dock in front of his cottage, ´Chichota.´ Andre Carnegie, whose family owned Cumberland Island, visited Jekyll on yachts, Skibo and Missoe.


Jekyll Island Whar
Jekyll Island Club Wharf