This Ipswich, MA epitaph attests to the dangers of maritime life:
CAPT. JOSEPH MELCHER youn
gest son of MR. JOSEPH & MRS
MARY MELCHER of Brunswick
who perished in a storm
Nov. 7th 1802 on Ipswich Bar
In the 21st year of his age.
Amidst the raging billows drove,
My life to save in vain I strove;
And soon my strength began to flee,
I perish'd in the Cruel sea.
My weeping friends, your silence keep,
When to my Grave you come to weep;
Prepare to follow me you must
And mingle with your native dust.