- Weymouth Fore River
Weymouth Fore River is a small
bayor estuaryin Eastern Massachusettsand is part of the Massachusetts Baywatershed. The inland section of this bay is centered at coord|42|14|12|N|70|57|36|W|region:US_type:airport|display:title.
The headwater of Weymouth Fore River is formed by the
confluenceof the Monatiquot Riverand Smelt Brook in the Weymouth Landingarea of Braintree. [cite web
title=Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report
work=U.S. Geological Survey
accessdate=2007-05-27] From Weymouth Landing, the
tidal rivermarks the boundary between Braintree and Weymouth, flowing NE for convert|0.5|mi|km|sp=us and then N for convert|0.5|mi|km|sp=us before widening considerably and turning WNW for convert|0.7|mi|km|sp=us. At this point the river's western shore is now in Quincy at the south end of the former Fore River Shipyard. Here the river turns NNE for convert|1.0|mi|km|sp=us as it passes through a heavily industrialized area around the former shipyard and is crossed by the Fore River Bridge, a temporary lift bridgewhich carries Massachusetts Route 3Abetween Quincy and Weymouth. A quarter mile beyond the bridge Weymouth Fore River is joined by Town River at Germantown, Quincy, gradually widening to nearly convert|1|mi|km|sp=us as it travels the final convert|2.0|mi|km|sp=us NE before ending as it enters Hingham Bay.
Recreation along Weymouth Fore River includes Smith Beach/Watson Park in East Braintree along the NW shore near Weymouth Landing at the river's south end and Wessagussett Beach on the SE shore in North Weymouth before the river enters Hingham Bay. The
United States Naval Shipbuilding Museumlocated in Quincy Pointat the west end of the Fore River Bridge features the USS Salem (CA-139), a preserved heavy cruiserwhich is open to the public.
The major commercial enterprises located in the heavily industrialized area around the former shipyard include:
Citgo Petroleum Corporation, major oil and gasoline distribution terminal
** Daniel J. Quirk, Inc., motor vehicle storage and distribution facility
Jay Cashman, Inc., heavy construction and marine equipment services
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, sewage sludge heat-drying and pelletizing facility
** Quincy Bay Terminal Company, short line freight rail service to
** Twin Rivers Technologies LP,
** Boston Generating LLC, 832MW Fore River Station, natural gas and oil
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