and, after serving his time, started business on his own account.
He built his first vessel, the brig Nabob, in 1830, at which time he purchased the yards and residence at the corner of Cross and Ship streets.
The ship Magnet, his twenty-third vessel, launched in 1856, was the last vessel built by him or in his yards.
He then retired from the business of building vessels, in most of which he was part or sole owner.
He built several ships, the Argonaut, Don Quixote, and others, for Mr. John E. Lodge, the father of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge.
Mr. Lapham was the first chief engineer of the Medford Fire Department.
He died at his residence May 24, 1886.
Of all the homesteads on old Ship street, that of Mr. Galen James (Deacon James) stands out clearest in memory, situated at the corner of what is now known as Foster court.
It was imposing; a large brown house, a long low ell connected with shed, carriage house and barn of ample proportion shaded by large elms.
West of the hou