Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season

Marker ID:  
Location: is on Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 3.136    W 081° 25.299
  31.05226666    -81.42165
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season

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There is very little photo documentation of exactly what the Boathouse looked like during the Club era. Club members rarely would have been found in this area, It was typically used by year-round employees. The only visible evidence of the Boathouse is a few piers and the capstan winch. The capstan was used to pull boats and launches from the water into the boathouse. Ropes were fed in the groove along the circumference of the metal wheel. Handles were inserted in the four square sections on the top of the capstan. The handles were pushed or pulled manually by people, or driven by an electric motor. The boats could be repaired once pulled out of the water. Many of the smaller boats were stored
in the Boathouse during the off-season.

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The Boat House
The Club not only altered the landscape directly around the Clubhouse, but around the entire island. Outside that 240 acres there are several other sites that reflect activities of the Club and its members. Here along the river is the site of the Boathouse, where the Club launches were stored when not in use. Boats and launches were the lifeline to the mainland. Passengers and goods were brought to the island from Brunswick daily, and great care was taken to ensure that the launches were in good order for this vital job.

Throughout the Club era there were several boats that supplied the island and transported members. The first steamer was called the Howland. Other vessels used throughout the years were called the Jekyll Island, the Kitty, and Sylvia.

Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc. Jekyll Island Museum.

A picture of this marker can be found on HMDB.org