25 September 2014

Those Places Thursday: League Island, Philadelphia

While working on postcards recently, I came across "213. Dry Dock, League Island, Philadelphia, PA."

The shipyard was established by an Act of Congress in 1799, making it the oldest in the US, according to the Library of Congress. The original site consisted of 11 acres at the foot of Federal Street from Front Street to the Delaware River in the Southwark neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The shipyard was originally owned by Joshua Humphreys, a prominent naval architect. In fact, it was here that he supervised construction of the first ship of the U.S. Navy.

It is no longer physically an island. Shown here is an 1891 map of League Island (found the image on Wikipedia).

Those Places Thursday is a GeneaBloggers daily prompt which encourage us to focus on places our families may have lived or worked or spent time.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.