1624The Plymouth Company dispatched the ship Charity to Cape Ann.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, European Colonists

In March, the Charity landed at Plymouth to deliver supplies, including cattle and was then sent to Cape Ann to build a fishing stage. Some of the Plymouth planters went along to build a large house and set up a salt-works. However the season was too far along, and the crew, which included the “master” Baker and William Peirce to oversee the business and sail the ship home, was problematic. According to Plymouth historian William Bradford, “partly by ye lateness of ye year, and more espetialy by ye basnes ye master, one Baker, they made a poor voyage of it.” The following year “an ignorante, foolish, self-willd fellow,” was sent to build a saltworks, but burned the house down, causing enough damage to the saltworks to give up that operation. (Bradford, 202-203)

White, John, and Marshall Saville. John White’s Planters Plea, 1630. Printed in Facsimile with an Introduction. Rockport, Mass.: The Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museum, 1930. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39076005679266&seq=7 Thornton, John Wingate. The Landing at Cape Anne, or the Charter of the First Permanent Colony of the Massachusetts Company. Gould and Lincoln, 1854, https://archive.org/details/landingatcapean00thor/page/n7/mode/2up?view=theater Bradford, William. Bradford’s History of Plimoth Plantation. Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1899, https://archive.org/details/bradfordshistory00br/mode/2up.
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