, with which islands New England carried on a considerable trade from the earliest times, taking out salted fish, staves, and lumber, and bringing back the products of the islands; and you must remember that until within a century or two even those vessels intended for ocean navigation were very small.
Only one of the vessels that composed the squadron of Columbus was decked, and the Mayflower that brought over the Pilgrim Fathers was but 180 tons burden.
Hume the historian tells us that in 1582, only 48 years before the settlement of New England, the merchant marine of the kingdom consisted of 1,232 vessels, and of these only 217 were of 80 tons burden-probably not a half dozen of them reached 200 tons.
To Governor Winthrop belongs the honor of building the first vessel whose keel was laid in the colony.
It was built on the banks of the Mystic, probably not far from the governor's house, at the Ten Hills.
It was a bark of 30 tons, built of locust cut on the governor's farm, and