This handsome monument, just to the northeast of Fort Independence, eternalizes not only the story of the Great Republic, but also Donald McKay (1810-1880): Master-builder whose genius produced ships of a beauty and speed before unknown which swept the seven seas made the American clipper ship famous the world over and brought renown and prosperity to the city of Boston. Punctuation, people.

Also listed on this obelisk are the names of such noteworthy clippers, packets and traders as Santa Claus, Flying Fish, Romance of the Seas, Anglo Saxon and Helicon.

(Please note that the plaque bearing the information about the Great Republic isn't actually floating unsupported in the air like that.)