WHY WE NEED A MISSISSIPPI MARITIME MUSEUM!

Contributed by Else Martin

Pascagoula has been involved in boat building for so many years!

The Pascagoula River was the LARGEST shipbuilding site on the Gulf Coast from 1811 to 1830. Twelve were recorded in the New Orleans Port records, but I have found many more (20) built in those years. Bay St. Louis is listed with 9. This list is compiled of only those vessels that registered as they entered Bayou St. John.

Pittsburg, Pa. 69; Cincinnati, Ohio 61; New York City 38; Philadelphia, Pa. 24; Dorchester Co., Md 23; Ohio River 22; Bath, Maine 14; Pascagoula Ms 12; New Albany, Indiana 11; Pittston, Maine 10; Bay St. Louis, Ms 9; Marietta, Ohio 9; Duxbury, Mass 9; Baltimore, Md 8; Louisville, Ky 8; Hampton, Va 8; Kennebunk, Maine 8; Bonfouca, La., 7; East Haddam, Conn. 7; Chatham, Conn. 6; Falmouth, Maine 6; Lafourche, La 6; Matthews Co. Va 5;