main singular—and the circumstances attending them equally singular. Medford's first historian makes no mention thereof.
He was then pastor of a Hingham church and was instrumental in securing, for a time, the coming of the second steamboat in Boston bay to that place in 1818.
It may seem incredible today that a steamboat should traverse the entire length of Medford territory (greater then than now) without floating in either the river or the lake, itself but the third in Massachusetts waters, and prior to the second in Boston bay.
But such was the case nearly a hundred years ago, though today no trace of water remains in its course of nearly five miles through old Medford town.
Only one year earlier (July 27, 1817) had steam navigation from Boston to Salem made beginning, and proving a failure financially, the Massachusetts was sold, and on the way to Mobile was wrecked.
Neither this first, nor the second and smaller steamboat called the Eagle, were built in the old Bay State