The six-masted schooner George W. Wells, built in 1900 at the Bean shipyard, was perhaps the most famous vessel to be constructed in Camden and the first six-master built in the world.

This vessel was launched Aug. 14, 1900, to great fanfare witnessed by a crowd of more than 10,000 people. Measuring 325-feet long, the Wells had masts over 119 feet tall. The ship went down off the coast of North Carolina in September 1913.