Medford Ship building Notes
History of Medford
gave a (presumably) complete list of five hundred and thirteen Medfordbuilt vessels, including the year 1854. Mr. Usher
in his later work (1886) gave the names of twenty-four builders of five hundred and sixty-four vessels of all styles, but gave no names of owners, style or tonnage.
, however, to his publication there appeared in the Mercury
of April 1, 1882, the following, which is also presumably correct, though it lacks the owners' names.
Built by James O. Curtis
|1855||Barque||Young Greek||500 tons|
|1856||Ship||Silver Star||1200 tons|
|1856||Ship||Flying Mist||1200 tons|
|1856||Ship||Bold Hunter||900 tons|
|1856||Barque||Young Turk||350 tons|
|1857||Ship||Bunker Hill||1000 tons|
|1859||Barque|| Mary Edson||368 tons|
Built by Joshua T. Foster
|1856||Ship||Addie Snow||1000 tons|
|1863||Ship||Eastern Belle||1030 tons|
|1867||Ship||Mistic Belle||755 tons|
|1868||Ship||Don Quixote||1174 tons|
|1869||Ship||J. T. Foster||1207 tons|
Built by Hayden
Enumerated in the earlier list of five hundred and thirteen was one not named and ‘not sold.’
Adding the fifty-five above listed gives a total of five hundred and sixty-eight, or four more than the total given by Usher
(page 427). The queries arise, what was the name given the one ‘not sold,’ built by Captain Foster
Assuming the Usher totals correct, what the names of those four, and who the owners?
From the names given we might infer that some were built for the East India
The ‘half models’ of six are preserved in the Historical building
. One of these is that of the Avon
, built in the short time of twenty-six days—a privateer in 1815.
Another reminder of the vanished industry is the rigged model of the ‘Syren’ (see Register, Vol.
XXII, p. 76) and a photograph of the same lying at wharf.
Besides these we have the framed photo of the ‘Ellen Brooks
,’ and a faded photo of the steamship Cambridge,
of the above list.
The last ship built in Medford
was by Captain Foster
in 1873, and Mr. Woolley
's excellent water-color is also framed and hangs in the society's assembly hall, and the artist's story of the launching and brief history of the ‘Pilgrim’ in Vol.
XVI, p. 71, of the Register.
Also in Vol.
XXI, No. 1, may be found the view of the wreck, and story of the ‘Living Age.’
Further than these there is little to tell us of Medford
's once famous industry.