River Basin Terminus
Three company-owned boats, loaded with iron rods, nailrod, merchant bars and cast iron products traveled the ten miles to Boston and to other coastal areas. On return trips the boats carried supplies and brought recently-recruited, skilled English iron workers to Hammersmith. Iron products made to be sold and shipped were stored in the warehouses next to the pier.
The construction and destruction of dams built by various industries over the past three hundred years have silted this once busy tidal terminus. The Saugus River at Hammersmith is no longer navigable with access to ocean water.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 42° 28.137′ N, 71° 0.462′ W. Marker is in Saugus, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street. Touch for map. The marker is at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Casting House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Works (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Appleton's Pulpit (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saugus Vietnam Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Saugus Massachusetts World War I Honor Roll (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saugus.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
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