132 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

ing in the region of Little's bridge remember hearing the bang! bang! bang! And they always knew it was Tim Williamson coming up the river.   He was a high-tempered fellow, and a smart workman, and used to pilot vessels out of the river from the yards above.   He once had a terrible fight with a shark, near Little's bridge, which he finally killed.   He ran his sloop from about 1840 to 1846, and finally accidentally shot himself, being injured for life.
   Until 1820, or later, every male citizen was obliged to keep a gun and 24 rounds of ammunition.   Inspection was the first Tuesday in May, and if the gun lacked good order, was not properly oiled, or the flint was not right, a fine was imposed."
   The author remembers well when Capt. Asa Sherman (who was living in 1900 in the Ferry district) ran the sloop from North River to Boston, nearly half a century ago.   My partner, the late Clift Rodgers, then doing business in Boston under the firm of Rodgers, Richards & Co., was the largest owner of the Packet, and Capt. Sherman used to come into our office and report progress in the running of the Packet, passing to Mr. Rodgers his accounts to be examined at his leisure.   He seemed an old man the, bent over by hard work, but young, comparatively, to the century he nearly reached in 1900.   In his early days he ran his packet to collect freight up the North River as far as North River bridge in Hanover.   His stopping places on the way were at "the Brick Kiln"—"Job's Landing"—"Foster's Landing"—"Briggs' Landing"—"Union Bridge"—Little's Bridge" and "White's Ferry."
   I also remember Capt. Chas L. Tilden, now living at an advanced age, running a packet from North River to Boston.   He, also, ran up the River, and had eight landing places at different points thereon, but after the railroad was built, the packet business, and all commercial navigation on the river began to decline, and not for a quarter of a century


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