Captain Joseph Fry

Captain Joseph Fry (HM2ED5)

Location: Tampa, FL 33602 Hillsborough County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 56.523', W 82° 27.453'

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Tampa's First Native Son Died for Cuban Liberty

Captain Joseph Fry was born in Tampa (Fort Brooke) June 14, 1826. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served with the Navy throughout the world. When the Civil War broke out, Fry fought with courage and capacity for the South in the Confederate Navy.

During the Ten Years' War, the first Cuban insurrection, Fry was captain of the S.S. Virginius, a blockade runner. Sailing with guns and 300 rebels, Tampa's hero headed for Cuba. The Virginius was captured by the Spaniards, and Capt. Fry with 53 freedom fighters were executed before a firing squad at Santiago De Cuba, Nov. 7, 1873. History honors Capt. Fry as "The Cuban Martyr."
HM NumberHM2ED5
Placed ByYbor City Rotary Club with the cooperation of the Tampa Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 356604 N 3091637
Decimal Degrees27.94205000, -82.45755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 56.523', W 82° 27.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 56' 31.38" N, 82° 27' 27.18" W
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Area Code(s)813, 727, 305, 863
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 239 Ashley Dr S, Tampa FL 33602, US
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