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the ironwork used by Sprague & James in the building of their ships, and owned two or three shops, having many men to work for him.
Paul Curtis, a name well-known.
When serving time as apprentice he was called honest Paul.
He was born in South Scituate, Dec. 26, 1800, and came to Medford at the age of eighteen, learning his trade of Thatcher Magoun.
Living at first in a double house with Jotham Stetson off Ship street, on what was termed the Island, he afterward built and lived in the hous built by Mr. C. S. Jacobs, back from the street among the trees, with the long iron fence front, and opposite the old Sprague homestead, is known as the home of Mr. Joshua T. Foster, proprietor of the last ship-yard.
He came to Medford from South Scituate in 1826, and served with Sprague & James.
In 1852 he became partner with Mr. John Taylor, succeeding his old employers.
Afterward he became sole owner of the yard, where, until he launched his last in 1873, he built some famous vessels,—for
t was named beginning at this corner.
Some of its ships.
Ship Gem of the Ocean, 730 tons, built by Hayden & Cudworth, was launched at midnight, Aug. 4, 1852, on account of the tide.
Each man brought his lantern.
Mr. Cudworth's mother, then seventy years of age, never having witnessed a launch, came up from Scituate and was present at the event—a great one for her.
Ship Electric Spark, 1,200 tons, launched at the same yard in 1855, was commanded by Capt. R. G. F. Candage (now of Brookline) and made the voyage to California in one hundred and six days.
The Boston Advertiser of Saturday, May 10, 1856, has the following advertisement:
Glidden & Williams line for San Francisco To Sail on or before Tuesday, May 20, the Magnificent first-Class Clipper Ship Thatcher Magoun
S. B. Bourne, Comdr.
The Thatcher Magoun is truly an elegant ship extremely sharp and ventilated in the most thorough manner.
She will sail as above.
For Freight or Passage Apply at California