Among the interesting reminders of busy times in Medford
is the rigged model of the clipper ship Syren
(the 449th in the list and the first of those built in the year 1851, and in the yard of Sprague
and James) which may be seen at the Historical Building
Within two years there has come to the Society a photograph of the Syren
lying at a wharf; also from Mr. Shepherd Brooks
a photograph of the Ellen Brooks, 480
tons, built by George Fuller
for R. D. Shepherd
in 1834, the 197th in the list of Medford-built ships.
These are especially interesting.
is given as 1,050 tons in the list in Brooks
In 1851 Frederic Gleason
began the weekly publication of Gleason's Pictorial
, probably the first of its kind.
Its illustrations were wood cuts, as it was long before the modern half-tone process.
An examination of its pages is well worth making, and therein we find one of the Syren
and reproduce here the text.
Vol I, p. 149, (July 5, 1851):