Captains Sailing on North River.
Briggs says, "Tobias Oakman, of Oakman's Ferry, was master of a packet sloop many years ago, sailing from North River Bridge, in Hanover, to Boston, for over 40 years. Capt. David Church was his successor. Capt. Church was well known in history, and was called by the old settlers a substantial man. He had many peculiarities, one of which was his manner of dress. With the exception of his boots and shoes, every garment he wore was made in his own house of wool from his flock of sheep, or flax from his field. He wore everything its natural color, and his trousers were always tucked into his stockings. It is said he was never known to wear a dyed garment. The shipbuilders had so much confidence in him that he made nearly all their purchases. At one time he went into a Boston store, where he had before traded, to purchase five tons of iron, and while making his inquiries, he noticed that they regarded him with some suspicion. 'Foggs,' said Capt. Church, 'you look at me as if you had some doubts about me, I want you to understand that I do not come out of North River without five or six thousand dollars about me.' He then took a package of several thousand dollars from his pocket. The firm replied, 'we are pleased to make your acquaintance, and shall be happy to attend to all your requests.' "
"Timothy Williamson used to run a packet sloop between Boston and North River. He was a great gunner, and being usually the only man on board his small craft, he would begin firing his flint lock some time before reaching the draw bridge in order to have it opened for him. Those liv-
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