Farrow Shipyard

Present Day - Festival Park

Shipbuilding has a long history in Washington, with the earliest recorded occurrence being 1769. One of the first Revenue Cutters built for the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, the Diligence, was built in Washington. By 1850 Washington had become the most important shipbuilding center in the state. The first shipyard in Washington, located on Water Street at the end of Bonner Street, was owned by William Farrow and, later, by his son, Joseph Farrow. During the 19th Century, the Farrows built many sailing vessels, sailing steamers, steamboats, and a Confederate gunboat.


By 1912 this shipyard was owned and operated by Mr. Bill Chauncey. In 1912, James Adams from Michigan came to Washington and commissioned Chauncey to build a substantial floating theatre. It was 128 feet long and thirty-four feet wide. It was towed by a fifty-foot tug. It was christened the James Adams Floating Theatre, but it was always referred to simply as The Showboat. Probably few of the people who flocked to the performances on board ever knew it had an official name.

Harbor District Historical Tour - Washington, North Carolina
  1. St. Peter's Graveyard
  2. A. W. Styron House
  3. Farrow Shipyard
  4. Marsh House
  5. Myers House
  6. Hyatt House
  7. U. S. Weather Bureau Storm-Warning Tower
  8. J. S. Farren Oyster Cannery
  9. Mulberry Tavern
  10. City Market House
  11. Old Town Hall
  12. Old Beaufort County Courthouse
  13. John Gray Blount House
  14. Turnage Theater
  15. Hotel Louise
  16. Mallison Hardware
  17. S. R. Fowle Store
  18. Fowle Warehouse
  19. Bank of Washington
  20. Atlantic Coastline Terminal
  21. Pamlico Point Lighthouse
  22. Havens Warf
  23. Havens House
  24. Fowle House
  25. U. S. Lighthouse Service Buoy Yard
  26. More Information