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.
Thirty of these last were named in detail by Mr. Brooks.
All Mr. Usher said relative to the other is,
The last ship built in this town was launched from the ship yard of Mr. Joshua T. Foster in 1873.
He did not even give the name.
Thus it appears (except in the above) there were 54 ships built in Medford, of which there is no record of name, owner, builder, style or tonnage, and that, too, in a history paid for liberally by the town, as well as by the purchasers.
Referring to this register we find the first in enumeration of 1848, and 399th in order-
Ship, Living Age; ship yard, J. Stetson's; builder, J. Stetson; owner, E. D. Peters & Co., Boston; tonnage, 758.
We are presenting a series of smaller ones secured ere these began, and a comparison of them with present conditions will be of interest and show the changes that have occurred.
In our frontispiece, and in upper left, we look up stream toward Main street. The tower of St. Joseph's Church, and two houses (now The Fewtrell) are seen beyond the arches of Cradock bridge.
The spire of the old Trinitarian Church (later St. Joseph's, now Page & Curtin's store), had not been removed.
Foster's wharf shows the decadence of the lumber business, but a three-masted vessel lies at the farther wharf.
There is no sign of the lock on the other bank.
The central view shows the island that was above the ford at Mystick.
The lower left shows the river, looking down stream from the old bridge at Auburn street. At present it flows through the marshes seen on either side, and the water foreground has been filled.
So great has been the change that the salt marsh has this year been a wa
ety's life the following citizens enrolled in the membership:—
1829Dr. Samuel Swan.
1831Capt. Martin Burridge.
1834Nathaniel H. Bishop.
1845Edmund T. Hastings, Jr.
1847John H. Bacon.
1850George E. Adams.
1855S. B. Perry.
1859George L. Stearns.
1863Peter C. Hall.
1864Caroline B. Chase (Mrs.）
1864David W. Lothrop.
1865;Joshua T. Foster.
1865J. Q, A. Griffin.
1865William B. Whitcomb.
1865Ellen M. Gill (Mrs.）
1866Mrs. Samuel Joyce.
1867S. R. Roberts.
1868Dr. H. H. Pillsbury.
1869William C. Child.
1869James W. Tufts.
1871George S. Buss.
1872Benj. F. Morrison.
1873William H. Northey.
1873Alonzo E. Tainter.
In 1841 Mrs. Lucy Bigelow, widow of Timothy, was made an honorary member, an honor shared, up to 1879, with five other<