Old Shipping days.
The Register has noted the last Medford-built ship, the Pilgrim
. As none are now afloat it would be interesting to know of their style of build, kind, and time of service, and their final fate.
The age of the Pilgrim
was less than nineteen years. Her cargo, when wrecked, coal.
All hands escaped.
We have never seen any account of the fate of any other of the long list (567) of those built along the banks of the Mystic
until within a few days of present writing, when there came to us the recent brochure of the State Street
Trust Company of Boston
, styled Old Shipping Days
. In this we find the story of the wreck of the Living Age
, which by the courtesy and permission of said Trust Company we present.
In 1846 the Rev. A. R. Baker
(then twelve years pastor of the Second, or First Trinitarian, Congregational Church)preached a sermon onship-building,and appended a “register of vessels built in Medford
,” which then numbered 359. Mr. Baker
is certainly to be commended for his interest in Medford
history and for his contribution to Medford
By the publication of the History of Medford
, Mr. Brooks
preserved this “register” and completed it to date, a total enumeration of 513.
Thirty years later Mr. Usher
alluded to the same and said it “is too extensive for admission here,” but gave an abstract of the same, which shows the number built in each of the seven decades, 1803 to 1873, and totals 567, 483 in the first five, and 84 in the last two, decades.
Thirty of these last were named in detail by Mr. Brooks
All Mr. Usher
said relative to the other is,