Ship Samuel Watts, Georges River, Thomaston, Maine 1870

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This photos shows the Ship Samuel Watts as she rounds the Beacon, a navigation aid, in the Georges River. The Ship Samuel Watts, 2034 tons, was built by E. Watts in 1870 in the Watts Shipyard on Water Street, in Thomaston.

On June 30, 1834 Congress appropriated $3,000 "for the erection of a beacon on the end of a shoal in Georges River, round which is formed what is called the Great Bend." It is not known why, but the actual aid to navigation was not constructed until 1839. The Honorable Edward Robinson, a shipbuilder, who lived at the corner of Robinson and Main Streets near the Thomaston Academy, was a member of Congress and eventually followed through on the original appropriation.

Captain L. Andrews from Warren was contracted to build a substantial granite monument.

The Ship Samuel Watts, 2034 tons, was built by E. Watts in 1870.

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