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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Obituary of William McAllister Who Built Civil War Gunboats in Pelham

Pelham and her residents played most important roles in the Civil War -- as did most small communities throughout the nation (North and South).

City Island in the Town of Pelham was a critical shipyard involved in the construction of northern gunboats.  Among the many "Yacht Constructors" involved in the northern War effort was William Mcallister.

Below is the brief obituary for William McAllister published in the March 25, 1912 issue of The New York Times.

Noted Yacht Constructor Helped to Build Many Civil War Gunboats.
Special to The New York Times.

WASHINGTON, March 24. -- William McAllister, a retired yacht builder of City Island, N. Y., died at 332 Indiana Avenue, this city, at 10:30 this morning, after a long illness.  In the civil war he was at the shipyard of William H. Webb in New York, where he was employed in the construction of many famous yachts.

In 1888 he was elected Supervisor of the town of Pelham, which included City Island, Pelham Manor, Pelham Bay Park and Pelhamville."

Source:  William McAllister Dies, N.Y. Times, Mar. 25, 1912, p. 11.

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