Many captains and crew members have worked on Broward Marine yachts over the years, and many still do today. In recognition of a long history of shipbuilding in South Florida, from military minesweepers to yachts, an installation ceremony is scheduled for a Florida State Heritage Site marker to be installed at the Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center Nov. 12. The marker pays homage to the birthplace of the modern maritime industry – and the pioneers at its heart – in Broward County and Fort Lauderdale.

Frank and Gertrude Denison, founders of Broward Marine and pioneers of the yachting industry in South Florida.

“We are honored, alongside our peers in the marine industry, as the collective efforts of our families to build and sustain Fort Lauderdale as the epicenter of the yachting industry are permanently recognized with a historical marker. from Florida – right on the site of the former Broward Marine and our Denison family site,” said Ken Denison, principal broker at Denison Yachting and youngest son of Frank and Gertrude Denison, founders of Broward Marine. 100 years of Broward County history, there are only a handful of these sites, and none, so far, have paid homage to the pioneers of the yachting industry.”

Notable Broward Marine milestones include:

  • The 1956 launch of the 95-foot Broward M/Y Alisa Vthe largest private yacht built in the United States at that time.
  • Complete production of an all-aluminum series of Broward motor yachts in the 1970s.
  • The 92 foot M/Y jervetthe very first yacht with three diesel engines, built by Broward in 1983.
  • Broward’s 112ft M/Y Brittanybuilt in the late 1980s with three Detroit diesels for an unthinkable speed of 43 knots.
  • Completion in the 1990s of M/Y Brittany (Previously Pegasus), a 130-foot three-engine tri-deck and the 156-foot M/Y Bouba toothe largest aluminum ship built in the United States at the time.

Other significant Browards include the 1999 M/Y Cocoa beanthe 2000 M/A AquasitionM/A 2001 Lady of LondonM/A 2002 SigrûnM/A 2003 Miss Nancyand M/Y 2005 Soulmate.

Please join History Fort Lauderdale, the City of Fort Lauderdale, MIASF (Marine Industries Association of South Florida), Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center and the Denison family for the installation of the marker at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12 EST Entrance to Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center, 2020 SW 20th St., Fort Lauderdale. The ceremony will be hosted by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, with presentation of the colors by Sea Cadets and U.S. Navy. Light snacks and drinks will be served.

Learn about the history of Broward Marine here.