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Captain Sturgis, afterwards of the firm of Bryant & Sturgis, owned many Medford-built vessels.

Many of the first vessels built in Medford were in the Mediterranean trade. They would take a cargo of rum and salt fish to the southern states or West Indies and carry a cargo of cotton, tobacco and sugar to Europe.

The ship Medford is reported as follows:

Boston, January 1, 1810. Arrived ship Medford, Capt. J. Barnard, fifty-two days from Cadiz with salt and fruit to J. C. Jones. The ‘Medford’ on the 4th of October, off Gaskey light, on her passage from London to Cadiz in ballast fell in with and was fired upon by a French privateer of ten guns, the captain of which on hearing she was from an English port, said she was a good prize; but while Captain Barnard was on board the privateer an English lugger hove in sight, when his papers were given up and he permitted to proceed on his voyage. The Frenchmen did not permit themselves time to plunder the ‘Medford’ but made all sail to get off.

The French commander treated Captain Barnard with much civility. The lugger boarded the ‘ Medford’ and informed she had prevented the same privateer from capturing the ‘New Galen,’ but was not able to capture her, the Frenchman outsailing him.

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Other Medford-built ships reported at Mediterranean ports in 1810 are the Commerce1 at Cadiz. The Ariadne2 at Cadiz. The Commerce April 27, 1810, sailed from Palermo for Tarragona. The Mt., Aetna at Fayal. The brig Mt. Aetna, one hundred and eighty-eight tons, was the first vessel built in Medford at the yard of Thatcher Magoun.

The ship Ariadne, three hundred and eighty-two tons, was built in 1809 by Calvin Turner for Nathaniel Goddard of Boston. The ship Commerce, three hundred and seventy-eight tons was built in 1807, by Calvin Turner for John Holland of Boston.

The Pedlar, Williams, hence (Boston) arrived at Cherbourg


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