[p. 78] Commonwealth were employed in this town, and built nearly one-quarter of the ships constructed in the State, one-third of the tonnage, and one-half the value of the whole.
From this result, so creditable to our town, it appears that a given number of workmen here build larger and more valuable vessels than those which are commonly constructed in other parts of the Commonwealth.
As an addition to the statistics of Mr. Baker
, I will state that Mr. John Stetson
, our venerable fellow-citizen, informs me that he saw 19 vessels in process of construction at the same time, in the ship-yards of the town.
He does not remember the year.
I will now give you the aggregate results of the shipbuilding of the town as shown by Mr. Usher