Globe Iron Works


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Globe Iron Works

An historic iron foundry located on Elm Street on the west bank of the Flats, Globe Iron Works was started in 1853 by several individuals including Samuel Lord, brother of Richard Lord, a pioneer real estate developer and mayor of Ohio City. It changed ownership several times before a majority interest in the foundry was purchased in 1869 by Henry Coffinberry and partners Robert Wallace and John Pankhurst. The company, which produced engines, boilers and other iron products, grew after its purchase by Coffinberry and his partners. In 1876, it purchased an interest in a dry dock and soon was building ships under the name of Globe Ship Building Company. In 1882, it launched the Onoko, generally regarded as the prototype for all iron and steel-hulled freighters that sail the Great Lakes today. Coffinberry served as president of Globe Ship Building Company from 1876-1886.


This file appears in: Henry Coffinberry House