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Shady Side Resident Honored at Captain Avery Museum

A boat shed at the Captain Avery Museum was named after George Daly.

A former Shady Side man was recently honored by having a boat shed named after him at the Captain Avery Museum.

A sign has been placed in honor of George Daly on the boat shed that houses the Edna Florence, a West River boat on display at the Captain Avery Museum.

“There wouldn’t be a boat shed if he had not arranged to have the funding done for it. He also designed it and then had it built,” said Mavis Daly, former co-chair of the museum and widow of George Daly.

According to a press release from the museum, in the early 1900s about $140,000 had been secured for renovations to the museum. With the help of volunteers, George Daly was able to save enough of the money to build a boat shed that now has a sign in his honor.

"It seems most fitting that near the tenth anniversary of George's death, a sign in tribute to him has been erected on the boat shed,” Mavis Daly said in a release.

The Edna Florence was donated by Mayo resident Ruthie Thompson and named after her mother. It now sits in the boat shed and the entrance of the Captain Avery Museum.

The Captain Avery Museum celebrates the history of local watermen and is located in Shady Side.

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