Herman Melanson’s Boatyard on Water Street burned in a spectacular fire on August 7, 2009.The boathouse was constructed by Herman Melanson’s father in 1954. Herman and his mother continued to live there after it was sold to Arthur Harrington in 1985. Harrington’s heirs had a sales agreement with developers who planned to build condos.

The entire building, three boats and several vehicles were destroyed. In previous years, Melanson’s boathouse had been an active boat-building facility. Mr. Melanson and his health-care worker managed to escape.

In 2015, Riverine LLC submitted a plan to build a three-unit, multifamily building on the empty lot.

The former Melanson's boatyard in Ipswich. Photo by Michael Kent.
The former Melanson’s boatyard in Ipswich. Photo by Michael Kent.
The "pot of gold" is just beyond the empty Melanson's lot in theis August 2015 photo by Ipswich poet David Wallace.
The “pot of gold” is just beyond the empty Melanson’s lot in the distance in this August 2015 photo by David Wallace.

At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, this was the location of a three-story coal building, which was moved to Brown Square and used as a grain silo. Today it is part of Tedford’s Lumber.

The tall building now at Tedfords was originally located at the same small point later occupied by Melanson's.
The 1893 Birdseye Map of Ipswich shows the tall building now at Tedfords was originally located at the same small point later occupied by Melanson’s.

The video below was posted on Youtube by Donald Freyleue.

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