Monday, July 8, 1996

Ship Shield Marker

A large boulder near the riverbank marks the spot where the ship Shield, the first to arrive in Burlington after the city was settled, moored. The ship was tied to a large buttonwood tree on December 10, 1678. The passengers and crew remained on board overnight, and in the morning were surprised to find the surface of the Delaware River frozen so thick that they were able to walk ashore.

Green Bank, the estate of Royal Governor William Franklin, once stood behind this marker, on the site now occupied by the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

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