method was open to the objection of moving so swiftly as to wedge into the opposite bank hard and fast.
To prevent this a heavy anchor was embedded in the solid ground alongside.
To it, from on shipboard, there was run a very large new Manila hawser with a good deal of slack, the idea being to check her great momentum when once afloat.
Thereby hangs a sad tale.
In the old burying-ground on Cross street, over on the northerly line, there is a slate headstone with this inscription: Walter S. Hathaway, son of Noah and Hannah Hathaway.
Sept. 30, 1850. 14 yrs. 6 mos.
The family home was on the corner of Salem and Cross streets, and there these parents reared a family of eighteen children.
The head of the family was a pillar in the Methodist Church.
The oldest son was a powerful man and much liked in a ship-yard gang on this account.
Later in life he became attached to Boston police force and was known as Big George.
Walter, a younger brother, was like him in muscle.