undred tons, on the bank of the Mystic.
In 1633, a ship of two hundred tons, and another named Rebecca, tonnage unknown; both built by Mr. Cradock.
Brooks says, There is reason to believe that Mr. Cradock's ship-yard was that now occupied by J. T. Foster.
May 29, 1644, the General Court proposed the formation of a company of ship builders with power to regulate the building of ships, and to make such orders and laws amongst themselves as may conduce to the public good.
From that time unt Pembroke and Enos Briggs of the Essex county family of that name built the ship Medford of two hundred and thirty-eight tons for John C. Jones of Boston.
After them came Sprague & James, Lapham, Fuller, Rogers, Stetson, Waterman, Ewell, Curtis, Foster, Taylor, Hayden & Cudworth and others who have built vessels here.
After the Revolution the New England states in particular found themselves in desperate straits from the cutting off of their trade with the West Indies and Great Britain, thro