1661The first recorded ship built in Gloucester, by William Stevens.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Although it is likely that ships were built in Gloucester during the previous few decades, in June of 1661 it was recorded that Steven agreed “to build 1 new ship of 68 foot long by ye keele, and 23 food broad from outside to outside and 9 1-2 foot in ye hold under ye beam; with two decks, forecastle, quarter deck; ye deck from ye mainmast to ye forecastle to be 5 foot high, with a fall at ye forecastle 15 inches, and a raise at ye mainmast to ye quarter deck of 6 inches. The great cabbin to be 6 foot high. The sd Stevens to be paid the sum of £3. 5s. for every tunn of said ship’s burthen.” For payment, he received “£150 in good muscovadoes shugar, at 2d. by the pound at Barbados.”

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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