boats used upon the canal.’
Full of hope, Mr. Sullivan
purchased the shops and water privilege at Medford
, now within the bounds of Winchester
These were located on the Aberjona river
opposite the present Parkway and just below the present Wedgemere station.
He then entered upon the manufacture of steam engines
, to use upon the canal and the Merrimack river
The writer finds no evidence of the construction of but one steam-boat;
but of that has seen the receipted bill of one of the employees for his services, ‘1 day to Medford
with steamboat $1.50,’ this on August 11, 1818.
In addition to this, it has been his privilege to converse with an aged lady, whose father's house adjoined the canal in Woburn
, and who distinctly remembered the passage of the steamboat through the canal, and of the noise and smoke it made, this the more noticeable, as the canal passed through a deep cut and under the highway there.
The writer has been acquainted with her for more than fifty years and her testimony is in the highest degree credible.
After various experimental voyages through the canal, Mr. Sullivan
made the ascent of the Merrimack river
in his steamboat, and reached Concord, N. H.
, on June 15, 1819.
It must have been a gala day there, as also those following, for during his stay of a week, Mr. Sullivan
exhibited his ‘steamboat Merrimack
,’ and its capacity for service in various ways.
Several passages were made to different points, towing loaded boats, and the General Court being in session, the members, with the governor and council, were treated to the novel experience, making the seven-mile trip up stream in one hour and fifteen minutes. On another trip, the guests were carried in two boats, with awnings spread and a band of music.
Their number was two hundred and eleven, and they were towed by the steamboat.
We may imagine that the hopes of all interested in transit and trade ran high as these trips were made, and query why it was not continued successfully.