The last ship built in this town was launched from the ship yard of Mr. Joshua T. Foster
He did not even give the name.
Thus it appears (except in the above) there were 54 ships built in Medford
, of which there is no record of name, owner, builder, style or tonnage, and that, too, in a history paid for liberally by the town, as well as by the purchasers.
Referring to this “register” we find the first in enumeration of 1848, and 399th in order-
Ship, Living Age;
ship yard, J. Stetson
's; builder, J. Stetson
; owner, E. D. Peters
& Co., Boston
; tonnage, 758.
's ship yard was just below the location of Winthrop bridge, and the last remains of wharf and piling were removed a few years ago in the dredging and park improvements.
In May, 1855, the Living Age
, then in other ownership, sailed from New York with a cargo of general merchandise for the Sandwich Islands
It was mid-winter in the Southern
hemisphere, when for thirty days, with scant food and scurvy-smitten sailors, she was beating around Cape Horn
. “One hundred and fifty-three long, hard days” elapsed ere anchor was cast at Honolulu
, where her cargo was discharged.
Thence she sailed in ballast for Shanghai
, where she took on a cargo of tea and silk valued at $200,000. On December 25 she started on the homeward stretch of the voyage round the world, one destined not to be completed, but to end in disaster.
The Living Age
was then under command of Captain Holmes
, and in all twenty-three persons were on board.
They were captain and wife, three mates, and eighteen men and boys before the mast.
This crew were American, English
, a few Swedes, and one Italian
, and are described as an excellent set of sailors.
The cook was French
The northeast monsoon was a favoring wind, but the weather conditions and dense fog gave no opportunity