What do the early sailing ships of Colonial America and oxen have in common? (continued)
Back before steam and air travel, huge sailing ships plied the seas hunting whales and transporting valued goods between the colonies and Europe. A sailing ship was nothing without strong and straight masts, and the best place to find those was in the deep forests of northern New England. To ensure Great Britain kept their ascendancy on the seas, the best trees were marked with an arrow sign as the exclusive property of the King of England. Penalties for cutting them were severe.
The town of Lee will be staging four events designed to re-enact scenes from New Hampshire’s colonial Mast Trade:
- Feb. 5 – “Marking of the Tree”
- Feb. 6 – “Tar and Feathering Event”
- Feb. 12 – “Felling of the Tree”
- Feb. 19 – “Hauling of the Tree,” when Tyler Allen, a resident of Lee and our ox teamster, will be driving the Sanborn Mills Farm’s ox team to provide “ox power” to move the logs.
A full list of 250th events can be found online at www.lee250.com/schedule-of-events.html.
For more on the Mast Trade, click here .