ne day they sighted a ship.
She approached, hove to, and lowered a boat, but to the astonishment of the shipwrecked party the boat after nearing them turned about and returned to the strange ship, which then filled away and disappeared to the south.
The men of the Living Age did not discover until they were rescued later that the reason for this strange action was that the ship had struck a shoal in approaching them and punched a hole in her bottom, and that, fearing lest the five hundred Chinese coolies on board whom she was carrying to California would in terror at her leaking condition seize the ship if he sent part of his crew away to rescue the shipwrecked party, the ship's captain had decided to make all sail for Manila for repairs and report the discovery of the crew of the Living Age.
On the thirty-fifth day after the wreck, a Chinese sampan was sighted by the part of the ship's company which had remained on the Living Age and in it were Mr. Campbell and his men. The adve
ken down within two years. When William Gray purchased this estate it contained two acres, more or less, was bounded southerly on the country road, easterly on land of Abigail Tarbett, northerly on land of John Bishop, and westerly on land of David Buckman.
An old building on the lot was bought by Samuel Swan and removed.
May 29, 1806, William Gray sold this property to James Gilchrist, who lived here many years.
He was a sea captain, sailing from Salem and Boston, engaged in trade with China and the East Indies.
As there is no one of that name listed in the Boston Directory of 18IO, it is not unsafe to assume that the Captain Gilchrist who was master of Gray's brig, the Caravan, that year was the same as Capt. James Gilchrist of this town.
Joseph Swan (1784-1853), our townsman, was educated in William Gray's counting-room, and the church formed by those who withdrew from the First Parish received a gift of a thousand dollars from the philanthropic merchant, with which they p