John H. Pratt schooner under construction at a Madison wharf in 1890 by W. C. Crossly.

Madison’s Iron Men

There was a time before our time, It will not come again When the best ships still were wooden ships But the men were iron men. From Stonington to Kennebunk The Yankee hammers plied To build the clippers of the wave That were New England's pride. —Rosemary and Stephen Vincent

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