Braintree: Historic 125 year-old engine coming back to Braintree

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A 125-year-old 45 horsepower steam engine, built at the Fore River Engine Company in East Braintree, will come back to where it was built at a ceremony tomorrow afternoon.

The Fore River Engine Company in East Braintree was founded by Thomas Watson. The company eventually became the Fore River Shipyard.

The engine was found at a New Hampshire museum. Its owner, Ted Valpey, is loaning the engine to the Braintree Historical Society, where it will be housed in the museum near the birthplace of General Sylvanus Thayer.

Among the speakers tomorrow will be Mayor Joseph Sullivan.

If the name Watson sounds familiar, he’s the man best known for answering the first telephone call from Alexander Graham Bell,

Watson was also one of the founders of the Braintree Electric Light Company.

The ceremony tomorrow is at 2:00 p.m. behind the Watson Building at 85 Quincy Avenue.

About David Skill

Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time.