me to us the recent brochure of the State Street Trust Company of Boston, styled Old Shipping Days. In this we find the story of the wreck of the Living Age, which by the courtesy and permission of said Trust Company we present.
In 1846 the Rev. A. R. Baker (then twelve years pastor of the Second, or First Trinitarian, Congregational Church)preached a sermon onship-building,and appended a register of vessels built in Medford, which then numbered 359. Mr. Baker is certainly to be commended forMr. Baker is certainly to be commended for his interest in Medford history and for his contribution to Medford annals.
By the publication of the History of Medford, Mr. Brooks preserved this register and completed it to date, a total enumeration of 513.
Thirty years later Mr. Usher alluded to the same and said it is too extensive for admission here, but gave an abstract of the same, which shows the number built in each of the seven decades, 1803 to 1873, and totals 567, 483 in the first five, and 84 in the last two, decades.