River Basin Terminus

River Basin Terminus (HM1MDA)

Location: Saugus, MA 01906 Essex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 28.137', W 71° 0.462'

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The discovery of a navigable river at a site which also offered timber and flowing water for power was cause for company investors and site planners to celebrate. Improved roads to this remote area did not exist in the 1600s. Transportation to the site was an important consideration. Hammersmith consumed tons of bog ore and gabbro with each firing of the blast furnace.
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.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 334950 N 4703798
Decimal Degrees42.46895000, -71.00770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.137', W 71° 0.462'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 8.22" N, 71° 0' 27.72" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 978, 339
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 228 Central St, Saugus MA 01906, US
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