r the world.
The pioneer in this movement, so eventful to the town, was Thatcher Magoun.
This great ship-builder was born in Pembroke, Mass., June 17, 1775, the aid, he made the model of the first vessel he ever built, the brig Mt. Aetna. Mr. Magoun was not a man to remain content with a subordinate position in his trade, andat time until 1836, and during that period built 84 vessels.
I well remember Mr. Magoun, a portly gentleman, of extremely dignified bearing, then considerably advanc Riverside avenue, opposite the end of Park street. Established in 1803 by Thatcher Magoun; afterwards used by Curtis & Co., Paul & J. O. Curtis, F. Waterman & H. Ewing of the town as shown by Mr. Usher's tables:
C. Turner & E. Briggs3
Sprague & James66launched.
It was thus I witnessed the launch of the St. Petersburg, built by Mr. Magoun, in 1839.
It was a ship of 828 tons, the largest ship which up to that time