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New Maritime History Series Beginning April 19, 2018!

This series begins with the ear­ly his­to­ry of our Riv­er Pascagoula, plus the Escataw­pa Riv­er and all the creeks that flow into the Pascagoula.  This includes the his­to­ry of the ear­li­est man­u­fac­tur­ing that cre­at­ed the econ­o­my derived from the sur­round­ing for­est.

Start­ing with the first ser­i­al (above) of 10, below is a sum­ma­ry of each of the seri­als. Dates for remain­ing seri­als will be announced once estab­lished.

  1. Lega­cy of the For­est and Rivers (April 19, 2018)– A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and lec­ture about the his­to­ry of the Pascagoula Riv­er, Escataw­pa Riv­er and all the creeks and the eco­nom­ic impor­tance of the for­est prod­ucts that have devel­oped Jack­son Coun­ty. Among the many prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured were, lum­ber, spars, masts & booms, plank­ing, shin­gles, boats, tugs, barges and ships, char­coal, tar, rail­road ties, tur­pen­tine, lime, home­made prod­ucts, plus the agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts that were used in com­merce.
  2. Sawmill His­to­ry in Jack­son Coun­ty– A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and lec­ture about the hun­dreds of sawmills along the creeks and rivers and the many men who devel­oped and built them. The 1852 hur­ri­cane that brought about the devel­op­ment of the three BIG sawmills in 1853 and spurred on the build­ing of large lum­ber schooners.
  3. Ear­ly Ship­build­ing in Jack­son Coun­ty (1) — A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and lec­ture on the boats, schooners, tugs, barges, steam­boats, and ships built from 1699 until about 1860. Hun­dreds of ship car­pen­ters and the incred­i­ble Steam­boat era of the Gulf Coast.
  4. Ear­ly Ship­build­ing in Jack­son Coun­ty (2) — A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and lec­ture on ves­sels and ships built from about 1860 to the last Wood­en Ships of World War I. Plus a sum­ma­ry of many boat­builders and ship­yards that have been suc­cess­ful in Jack­son Coun­ty, since 1900.
  5. From 1936, The WPA, PWA and The Woolen Mill – A Pow­er­Point pro­gram and lec­ture about the Gov­ern­ment assis­tant pro­grams  that built the woolen mill, many schools, post offices, health depart­ments, the ply­wood plant, the con­tracts for five steel barges and to the 1936 Amer­i­can Mer­chant Marine Act that brought Ingalls to the Pascagoula Riv­er. Some impor­tant Port His­to­ry.
  6. Paths, Trails, Fer­ries, Bridges, Rail­roads and the Infra­struc­ture of Jack­son Coun­ty – A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and lec­ture on the his­to­ry of our way of trav­el by land.  The pro­gres­sive devel­op­ment from the first Post Roads and Fer­ries to the lat­est bridges and high­ways. The devel­op­ment of sea­walls, the first rail­road, tele­graph, tele­phone, and elec­tric­i­ty.
  7. The Vision­ar­ies – A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and lec­ture on the ear­li­est coun­ty men and women who were the movers and shak­ers who caused the devel­op­ment of indus­tries, the cities, and com­mu­ni­ties, cre­at­ing jobs and with a vision for bet­ter edu­ca­tion and infra­struc­ture.
  8. Ingalls – Facts and sum­ma­ry — A Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and sum­ma­ry of the ves­sels built plus many inter­est­ing facts.
  9. 1912 The Paper Mill – A Pow­er­Point pro­gram and lec­ture on the estab­lish­ment of the South­ern Paper Com­pa­ny in 1912 and the many devel­op­ments in eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment and employ­ment.
  10. Read­ing, Writ­ing, and Arith­metic, Who held the hick­o­ry stick? A Pow­er­Point pro­gram on the devel­op­ment of edu­ca­tion in Jack­son Coun­ty.  The ear­li­est record­ed schools and teach­ers. The avail­abil­i­ty of school records in the Singing Riv­er Geneal­o­gy and Local His­to­ry Library and Archives for fam­i­ly research. Shar­ing the val­ue of school records in fam­i­ly his­to­ries.

Celebrating our local maritime industries
(click on links for more info):

Pascagoula Bar Pilots Asso­ci­a­tion

Chevron — Pascagoula

Hunt­ing­ton Ingalls — Pascagoula

NOAA — Pascagoula

Omega Pro­tein — Moss Point

Signet Mar­itime Cor­po­ra­tion — Pascagoula

VT Hal­ter Marine — Pascagoula

World Marine — Pascagoula

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A Maritime History of the Mississippi Coast”
by Dr. Chris Wiggins
Now Available

Please fol­low the link to access the site that describes Dr. Wig­gins’ his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tive of the Mis­sis­sip­pi Mar­itime indus­try and oth­er sig­nif­i­cant works: http://www.doctorwiggins.com/

Visit our most resourceful Facbook page!

If you’ve ever want­ed to read about ship his­to­ry in the south Mis­sis­sip­pi area, then you are in for a treat!  Vis­it the MMM Face­book page at the link that fol­lows: https://www.facebook.com/msmaritimemuseum

Do You Know Ships?

This will be a series of items, evolv­ing over time, detail­ing the types of ships that are known by most locals in the vicini­ties of the cities list­ed in Jack­son Coun­ty, Mis­sis­sip­pi (About > Jack­son Coun­ty, MS > City List).  The first install­ment is shown below.  There will be sev­er­al more install­ments to come.  Stay tuned!

Below are some ship clas­si­fi­ca­tions — com­ing in install­ments — that will be the focus of the Mis­sis­sip­pi Mar­itime Museum’s (MMM) exhibits, lec­tures, media pro­mo­tions and the like.  All of the infor­ma­tion below comes from select Wikipedia pages that appear to be updat­ed on a fair­ly reg­u­lar basis.  From the Jack­son Coun­ty Mis­sis­sip­pi area have come a long line of boats, ships, schooners, and oth­er marine ves­sels of vary­ing shapes and sizes from wher­ev­er there was water avail­able.  And, the list keeps grow­ing.  The ones shown below are pri­mar­i­ly from one of the larg­er ship­build­ing indus­tries such as Ingalls.

Spru­ance Destroy­er (DD)

Ticon­dero­ga (Aegis) Cruis­ers (CG)

Arleigh Burke Destroy­er (DDG)

Wasp Class Amphibi­ous Assault Ships (LHD)

San Anto­nio Class Amphibi­ous Trans­port Dock (LPD)


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