1642-1643William Stevens, along with other ship carpenters, built the first fishing vessel in Gloucester.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Notable People

After living in Boston and Salem, William Stevens, a ship carpenter, settled in Gloucester. In 1642, he was appointed by the General Court as one of the commissioners charged with overseeing the settlement of Gloucester. He was granted 500 acres of land between the Chebacco and Annisquam rivers and six acres on the Meetinghouse Neck. He built his home at the Cut where he had an additional eight acres of land. Beyond serving in several prominent town government roles, he was also a prolific New England builder.

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 Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888, http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd
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