Henry Eckford (shipbuilder)

Henry Eckford (shipbuilder)

. [Jampoler, p. 44]

Mahmud II then hired Eckford, who began to build ships in the Turkish shipyard for the Ottoman Navy, starting with a small schooner, a frigate, and a 74-gun ship constructed using a frame imported from New York City. He also began to design the 128-gun ship-of-the-line "Mahmoudieh". Mahmud II was impressed enough to consider giving Eckford a high imperial rank. [Jampoler, p. 44]


Eckford's quick start in Ottoman service ended all too soon, however. He died suddenly in Constantinople on 12 November 1832, probably of cholera. Appropriately, his body was shipped home to New York City aboard the barque "Henry Eckford", second ship of the name. He was buried in Hempstead, New York. [Jampoler, p. 44-45]


*The North Ayrshire, Scotland, town council calls Henry Eckford "the father of the U.S. Navy." [Jampoler, p. 45]
*A Brooklyn baseball team of 1855-1872 composed largely of local shipwrights was named the Eckfords in honor of Henry Eckford. [Jampoler, p. 45]
*In the late 19th century, a series of cigar bands commemorating important figures of the 19th century included Henry Eckford along with Andrew Carnegie, Sir Thomas Lipton, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. [Jampoler, p. 39]
*One U.S. Navy ship, oiler USNS "Henry Eckford", has been named for Henry Eckford. [Jampoler, p. 45]
*There is an Eckford Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint named for Henry Eckford.
*The Eckford chain of lakes in the Adirondacks is named for Eckford.



* Chapelle, Howard I. "The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development". New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1949. ISBN 1568522223.
* Jampoler, Andrew C. A. "Who Was Henry Eckford?" "Naval History", December 2007, Pages 38-45.

NAME = Eckford, Henry
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Scottish/American shipbuilder
DATE OF BIRTH = 12 March 1775
PLACE OF BIRTH = Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland
DATE OF DEATH = 12 November 1832
PLACE OF DEATH = Constantinople, Ottoman Empire

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