The Hammitt family were well known for their ship building talents and skills. From steamboats to schooners, each of the Hammitt men who engaged in shipbuilding excelled at their talents. As a young man, Isaac Hammitt was one of the many Kensington shipswrights called on to assist with the building of USS Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania. He later became a principal owner of the Isaac Hammitt Yard in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. Isaac’s son, Isaac Hammitt, Jr., was a well known shipbuilder in his own right. The same was true for his son, Joachim Murat Hammitt. Follow us as we try to piece together the stories of these men and their families.