last year one was upon the stocks of a hundred tons; that being finished, they are to build one twice her burden.
Ships, without either ballast or loading may float down the river, otherwise the oyster bank would hinder which crosseth the channel.’
We can go down the river now without running foul of oyster banks.
built another vessel, called the ‘Rebecca.’
It seems very probable that these vessels were built on the site of what was afterwards called Foster
And now, so far as the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are concerned, we have come pretty much to the end of our record of any ship-building done in Medford
Doubtless some small craft were built here; lighters, ketches, and boats employed for river transportation—perhaps some small fishing-vessels; but we have no reason to believe that ship-building was carried on as a considerable industry.
The fact is, the patronage which Medford
received from Governor Cradock
was by no means an unmixed blessing.
almost died of it. The governor monopolized almost all the land, and small holdings were rare.
There was little chance for the honest yoemen, the bone and sinew of any land.
And Mr. Cradock
died early, in 1644, and his works (material) followed him; certainly, few of them remained behind—only his house, which was a fine thing for antiquarian purposes, and the bridge which his agent half built, and which was everlastingly appealing to the General Court for the repairs which were very grudgingly bestowed.
The governor's establishment was probably soon withdrawn, and his fishermen, and coopers, and shipwrights, and wood-choppers sought fresh fields and pastures new. The people left were few in number, and so poor that they could not support a settled ministry—the last humiliation a Puritan community could be called upon to endure.
Yes, it was a bad case of too much patronage—patronage, a reliance always uncertain, and disastrous