221 Edgewater Avenue Edgewater Park, NJ 08010 Phone: 609-387-9847

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The Shipman Mansion is open for tours on the first weekend of the month during April - November from 1-4 on Saturday and Sundays.  For appointments at other times, please call 856-986-7969. 

The Shipman Mansion is located at 221 Edgewater Avenue in Edgewater Park, NJ.  




April 24, 2019 - 7 pm  Lecture by Dan Cashin  (tours start at 6 pm) - 

Most of them have disappeared, but at one time the shipyards along the Delaware River clanged, boomed, hissed and whistled with the labor of thousands of `workers whose efforts produced commercial and naval vessels that circled the world and were victorious in far-flung engagements.

Dan Cashin, a shipyard rigger (explanation to follow) with a passion for those long-lost yards, resurrects them at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Shipman Mansion, 221 Edgewater Park in his program Shipyards of the Delaware River. The program, which is free to the public, is presented by the charitable non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation.

Dan trained and worked for 53 years at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and its successor, Aker Philly Shipyard, as a rigger. His job involved moving heavy objects during ship construction, “sort of like the guys who built the pyramids or erected Stonehenge,” he explains.

His talk will be illustrated by pictures of the famous ships built in yards along the Delaware River, including the U.S. Navy’s heavy cruiser Indianapolis, sunk by Japanese torpedoes  in 1945 with the loss of 880 crewmembers in the shark-infested Pacific, and the battleship New Jersey, now moored on the Camden waterfront, as well as numerous historic freighters.

Dan has stories as well of the workers who punched their time cards at those long lost yards, including Wendy the Welder, the Navy’s version of Rosie the Riveter, women who went to work during World War II. Most of the female shipyard workers were welders, Dan says.

Doors open at the Shipman Mansion at 6 p.m. for free tours.

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Photo Gallery > A Cruise down the Rhine and Danube Rivers

Mark Hall, who grew up and learned to love boats on the banks of the Rancocas Creek in Delanco, wants you to ride along with him on the Danube and the Rhine Rivers of Southern Germany. The voyage, aboard a small cabin cruiser, will be the subject on Thursday, March 17, when the Shipman Mansion Foundation in Edgewater Park resumes for 2016 its monthly free programs for the public. The digital slide show records Hall’s excursion through waterways broad and narrow, hemmed in by steep hills or wending their way through wide plains, past gleaming passenger liners, big river freighters, and quaint little ferry boats.” There are “happy encounters with helpful, friendly people, on land and on the water – even with an occasional canoeist; picturesque old towns, some still entirely surrounded by their medieval walls, with their ancient half-timbered houses, and perhaps a baroque palace or two.” Along the way, the cabin cruiser passes “bustling modern cities, industry and busy wharves; castles and . . . vast vineyards growing up the slopes above the rivers, or stretching out as far as the eye can see.”