William “Master Badger” Badger

William “Master Badger” Badger

Newfields, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 22 Feb 1830 (aged 77)
Kittery, York County, Maine, USA
Burial Kittery, York County, Maine, USA
Plot Tomb on Badger's Island, Maine.
Memorial ID 41582421 · View Source
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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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This monument
is erected over the grave of
William Badger
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
Aged 78

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  • Added: 5 Sep 2009
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Master Badger” Badger (26 May 1752–22 Feb 1830), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41582421, citing William Badger Mausoleum, Kittery, York County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 (contributor 47081711) .