Image from page 12 of "Old shipping days in Boston" (1918)
Title: Old shipping days in Boston
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Old Shipping Daysin Boston THE MERCHANTMEN Beyond all outer chartingWe sailed where none have sailed,And saw the land-lights burningOn islands none have hailed;Our hair stood up for wonder,But when the night was done,There dawned the deep to windwardBlue—empty neath the sun. Rudyard Kipling. SHIPPING IN THE EARLY DAYS ^^2^HE earliest settlers of New England built their hutsnear the ocean, first of all, so as to be able to usethe sea as a source of food, and secondly to pro-vide for themselves a convenient place of refuge incase of attacks from the savages. In fact all thingsto do with the sea dominated their thoughts. Itis not strange therefore that our colonists becameboth ship builders and sailors, and although Yankeeprivateers, Yankee packets, and Yankee clippers no longer plough theseas of the world, nevertheless their fame and the romance that wentwith them will endure forever. We also owe to these early sailorsthe development of a seafaring race,—men who during our warsbecam
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