Shipbuilding in Philadelphia and the Delaware in General

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Poorville

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I am seeking a list of "commercial" shipbuilders either in Philadelphia or the Delaware in wider terms during the Civil War and the decade leading up to it. (My apologies if I am in the wrong forum.)
 

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I am seeking a list of "commercial" shipbuilders either in Philadelphia or the Delaware in wider terms during the Civil War and the decade leading up to it. (My apologies if I am in the wrong forum.)
Welcome to CivilWarTalk sir. Hopefully one of our learned in naval matters members can give you some information to work with.
 

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Wilmington, Delaware was a very active shipbuilding center; the Christina River was nicknamed "America's Clyde" after the British shipbuilding region. Principal builders were Harlan & Hollingsworth (which built several Civil War monitors and warships) and Pusey & Jones.
 
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I am seeking a list of "commercial" shipbuilders either in Philadelphia or the Delaware in wider terms during the Civil War and the decade leading up to it. (My apologies if I am in the wrong forum.)
In just a couple of minutes on the LOC newspapers site I found Robert H. Barr & Co, Messrs. Thatcher, John K. Kirkman, and Hitles & Co. -- all in 1861 and 1862 in Delaware. With so much activity, I would be surprised if there are not several books on the subject that might give you what you want. I'd start with the state and state university libraries.
 

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Wilmington, Delaware was a very active shipbuilding center; the Christina River was nicknamed "America's Clyde" after the British shipbuilding region. Principal builders were Harlan & Hollingsworth (which built several Civil War monitors and warships) and Pusey & Jones.
Thanks Carronade that’s a great help. I’m trying to trace the builders of the SS Margaret
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Wilmington, Delaware was a very active shipbuilding center; the Christina River was nicknamed "America's Clyde" after the British shipbuilding region. Principal builders were Harlan & Hollingsworth (which built several Civil War monitors and warships) and Pusey & Jones.
Sorry Carronade I'm new to the forum and hit the wrong button!! I should have added that the SS Margaret was running under the Elder Dempster Line of Liverpool. The ship was purchased in 1864 and operated by them during 1864/65 before being sold. Not sure exactly when or where it was built but Philadephia crops up. I'll pursue your suggestions, thanks.
 
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Poorville

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In just a couple of minutes on the LOC newspapers site I found Robert H. Barr & Co, Messrs. Thatcher, John K. Kirkman, and Hitles & Co. -- all in 1861 and 1862 in Delaware. With so much activity, I would be surprised if there are not several books on the subject that might give you what you want. I'd start with the state and state university libraries.
Thanks DaveBrt just what I needed, pointing in the right direction. I'll puruse the LOC and in the meantime check out those companies you've listed. Thanks again.
 
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