banks and open reaches presented to the ship-builder.
After careful examination he selected a piece of ground nearly opposite the end of Park street, where he established a ship-yard, and, in 1803, he proceeded to build his first vessel, the ‘Mt. Aetna
He continued in the business from that time until 1836, and during that period built 84 vessels.
I well remember Mr. Magoun
, a portly gentleman, of extremely dignified bearing, then considerably advanced in age. He accumulated a handsome fortune as a ship-builder and ship-owner, and died, I believe, somewhere in the fifties.
Mr. Calvin Turner
was the next ship-builder to establish himself here, and his ship-yard was located on Riverside avenue, opposite the end of Cross street. (I say Riverside avenue
with a mental protest, for it is a shame and disgrace to us that the old historical name of ‘Ship street,’ a name that had a meaning in it, should be changed to the commonplace name of ‘Riverside avenue,’ duplicated in every town in the United States
which has got a river in it.)1
I say, then, that Mr. Turner
's ship-yard was located about opposite the westerly end of Cross street, and it was afterwards known as ‘Lapham
was esteemed as one of the most skilful draughtsmen, as well as one of the most faithful builders, in New England
He began business in 1804, and rapidly acquired reputation in his profession.
And here let me proceed at once to mention the location of the ship-yards which were, from first to last, established in Medford
, with the names of those who occupied them.
There were ten of them.
I will begin with the one which stood lowest on the river, and will take them in their order, going up the stream:
I. A ship-yard at the foot of what is now Foster
's court, off Riverside avenue. It was first used by Sprague
, in 1817.
Afterwards used by Foster