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 indicate a lack of care taken.
We are told by an expert attendant at the old State House that the brig Owhyee was of 166.52 tons, built by John Wade at Boston in 1821.
John Wade was previously master boat-builder at the Navy Yard.
The Boston Directory of that year says his shipyard was at Bullard & Hart's shipways, Lynn street, near Charles river bridge; and in 1822 he was, with his brother Francis, in the same location.
The succeeding directories mention John Wade, who very likely was of Medford ancestry, as boat-builder.
Perhaps the Owhyee, a small brig, of similar size of the two built the previous year (knock-down as the modern term is) at Medford, was his first venture in a larger line of constructive work.