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"How unfortunate it is that we must so often wait until something is gone before appreciating it or even being aware of it. Generations of Essex (Massachusetts) people were born, lived and died amid the sounds of the shipyards: the caulking mallets, the sound of the axe and adze ringing against white oak, the millions of hammer blows, and the shouts of men. At the time it was part of their existence, like the air they breathed. Now that it is all gone we realize what a satisfying chorus it was and how silent the town is now."

Frame-Up! The Story of Essex, It's Shipyards and It's People.
By Dana Story. 1964