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William "Master Badger" Badger
Birth: May 26, 1752
Newfields
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Feb. 22, 1830
Kittery
York County
Maine, USA

Shipwright--Master Shipbuilder. Born in New Hampshire, he started a shipbuilding business in Rising Castle Island, (renamed as Badger's Island), in Kittery, Maine. He was considered to be one of the most prominent shipbuilders in maritime history. The US Navy honored him during the Civil War for building his 100th vessel which was a whaling ship he had built for the US Navy in 1829, the USS William Badger. Badger's business was responsible for building over one hundred vessels including the government commissioned ships, USS Ranger, USS America, USS Crescent, USS Congress and the USS Washington. The full description of United States Navy vessels built on Badger's Island Shipyard follows:
1776 Raleigh - (22-gun Frigate)-- depicted on the Seal of New Hampshire;
1777 Ranger - (18-gun Sloop-of-war) -- commanded by John Paul Jones;
1782 America - (74-gun Ship of the line) -- presented by Congress to Louis XVI of France;
1791 Scammel - (14-gun Schooner) -- one of the first ten revenue service cutters;
1797 Crescent - (36-gun Frigate) -- a tribute vessel for Algiers;
1798 Portsmouth - (24-gun Sloop-of-war) -- funded by the citizens of Portsmouth;
1799 Congress - (38-gun Frigate) -- fought in the War of 1812. Master Badger died on Badger Island, Kittery, Maine. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Abigail Goodwin Beal Badger (1745 - 1796)
  Elizabeth Rice Badger (1762 - 1801)
  Mary Fernald Rice Badger (1763 - 1819)
 
 Children:
  John Badger (1782 - 1798)*
  Aaron Badger (1786 - 1786)*
  Abigail Badger (1787 - 1788)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
This monument
is erected over the grave of
William Badger
Shipwright:
distinguished
for habits of industry
and for the activity of his mind.
Kind and benevolent
he was beloved,
preserving, upright and faithful.
In his engagements
he was respected
by all with whom he was connected.
He built in
the course of a long and active
and useful life
nearly one hundred vessels.
He died
on the 22d February
ANNO DOMINI
MDCCCXXX
Aged 78

 
Burial:
William Badger Mausoleum
Kittery
York County
Maine, USA
Plot: Tomb on Badger's Island, Maine.
 
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Record added: Sep 05, 2009
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