Medford or Boston.
As ship building has been a lost art in Medford nearly a half century, a few words relative to the salting and watering of ships is opportune.
After a vessel's framework was sheathed without and within with heavy planks, the space between the timbers was filled with water, which tested the joints, already caulked with oakum.
This, in the later days of the Medford business, was done by a fire engine.
When the town procured new engines, one of the old hand tubs, the J. Q. Adams, was kept for watering ships, as stated in the town report.
Below the bilge (or curvature of the frames), a block of wood was closely fitted in each intervening space.
This was called a salt stop, and prevented the salt (which was poured into the spaces between) passing into the bottom of the vessel, where it was not needed for the preservation of the wood, as it was in the sides above the varying water line Captain Grimes complained of the over-salting of his brig, which would indicat