This photo was taken about 1912 on
Ann Street. My friend Nancy McKee Smith’s mother, Louise Gordon Thomas, born in Beaufort in 1906, is about 8 years old. ’s mother went to Nancy ’s School until 1918. The small boys are Louise's twin brothers - Thomas Thomas and Edward Gordon Thomas - born in 1910. The Thomas family lived in the second block of St. Paul Front Street, referred to in a letter from Nancy's mother as “…a wide road made of oyster shell between the house and the wharves.” Click the photo and notice the "ribboned" goat hooked up to the interestingly-designed cart.
The Forward, a 89-foot topsail schooner that displaced 139 tons, was built by William Easby of
for $3,786.75. She was in service from 1842 until she was sold in 1865. She was home ported in Washington and later Baltimore, MD and saw service during the Mexican War, including the assault on Wilmington, DE in 1846. She was transferred briefly to the Coast Survey in 1847. During the Civil War she was stationed in Tabasco . Beaufort, NC