Shaw Island History

Shaw Island
Shaw Island
Lucky Captain John Shaw, to have such a beautiful little island named after him! The honor was bestowed on him in 1841, by the Wilkes Expedition sixteen years after Shaw, a Navy Captain, had distinguished himself in the war against Algiers.

The first visitors, however, came much earlier. Shaw was popular with Native Americans, who came to gather the bountiful harvests of shellfish and called the island, “Somemana”.

  By the nineteen century, the settlers had arrived, and many of the original inhabitants had departed. Some, however, inter-married and established homesteads. One of them, naturally a beautiful young Indian princess, is reputed to still haunt the area, albeit in a friendly way.