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1728. Milmore, Art. And The Sea Shall Have Them All. Self published. 2016. 234p. Soft wraps. Over 20 miles out in Massachusetts Bay, lies the wreck of the palatial side-wheel steamer SS Portland, tragically lost in the horrific gale of November 26 and 27th., 1898. The ship sank with all hands, was witnessed by no-one and disappeared without trace. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland, was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The 1898 gale would become known as The Portland Gale. The author began his research with the late author and historian Edward Rowe Snow. “The trail ran dry in the 1970s”, the author explained, “and Ed asked me if I ever found the rest of the material we needed on the Portland, would I publish it…. This was to be Snow's 98th book, but time ran out.” Edward Rowe Snow died in 1982 and now, capping 32 years of research, the author presents what he believes is the definitive story of the SS Portland’s history and the events of that fateful day in 1898. Extremely interesting, filled with the results of years of interviews, accounts of the day and much more. Quite different from other books on this subject and worth the read. (M). $29.95. (x)

 

 

14155. (postal card) Portland Steam Packet Company c.1884. 3” x 5”. Postal card from JB Coyle at the Portland Steam Packet Company to JM Washburn of the Old Colony Railroad Company requesting payment for outstanding ticket balances the amount of $46.50. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company in 1901. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland,  was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. Rare piece. (VG+). $24. 

 

1683. (view book) The Beauties Of Portland And Scenic Gems Of Casco Bay. 1895. “Compliments of Portland Steam Packet Co.” G.W. Morris, Portland , Maine. 113p. Gilt embossed stiff wraps. Embossed Comliments Of Portland Steam Packet Co., given just three years before the loss of their most famous vessel SS Portland. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland, was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The 1898 gale would become known as The Portland Gale. Views provide an extraordinary photographic and illustrative tour of Portland and the Casco Bay coast and islands as they were in the 1890's. Not just snapshots of points of interest but wonderful 9-inch by 6-inch panoramic views and many 7" x 5" views as well. Both artistic illustrations (steel engravings) and photographs, with informative text of the history and lore of the places pictured. Also includes earlier plates including a 9" x 6" 1840 view of an almost barren Munjoy Hill in Portland. Includes Orr's Island, Bailey Island, the Harpswells, Peaks Island, Little Diamond, Great Diamond,Cliff Island, Chebeague Island, Cushing, Long, House, Falmouth and Yarmouth Foresides, Liitlejohn, Bustin's Island, and Portland, as well as island views, mainland, shore, historic sites, steam ships, lighthouses, etc. With extensive advertising section including major Portland businesses. Includes too are views of the Portland Steam Packet Company vessels including the SS Portland. Rare book measures 10.5” x 7.75", with hard board ornate gold embossed cover, decorative end papers. Contents quite clean and tight. Light wear to hinges. Wraps clean, light bumping to corners. (VG+). $148. 

15208. Lawrence, Matthew, John Galluzzo and Deborah Marx. Shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank: Disaster in New England's National Marine Sanctuary. 2015. History Press. 144p. Soft wraps. Beneath the churning surface of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary rest the bones of shipwrecks and sailors alike. Massachusetts’ ports connected its citizens to the world, and the number of merchant and fishing vessels grew alongside the nation’s development. Hundreds of ships sank on the trade routes and fishing grounds between Cape Cod and Cape Ann. Their stories are waiting to be uncovered—from the ill-fated steamship Portland to collided schooners Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary and the burned dragger Joffre. Join historian John Galluzzo and maritime archaeologists Matthew Lawrence and Deborah Marx as they dive in to investigate the sunken vessels and captivating history of New England’s only national marine sanctuary. Illustrated with over 50 b/w photos. (M). $21.99. (x)

  

10413. (lithograph printing plate) Steamship SS Portland c.1890’s. The Portland ran from Boston to Portland, Maine from 1895 until 1898, when she was lost with all hands in what became known as the Great Portland Gale. The plate consists of a copper plate applied to heavy lignum vitae wood. Lignum vitae is hard and durable, and is the densest wood traded; it will easily sink in water. The block measures 6 ½” x 10” by 1” thick. Engraved into the copper plate is a detailed reverse image of the SS Portland underway. Image is signed “Blanchard”. Included with the printing plate is an original printed image made from this plate, on 9” x 12” paper. The side-wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath, Maine, the steamer was one of New England's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. A wonderful Portland collectible. (VG+). $195.

10468. (framed albumen photograph) Steamship Portland - Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s. Large format albumen photo of the Portland Steam Packet Company Steamer 'Portland' 'Only line between Boston and Portland and Northern and Eastern Resorts', a broadside view of the side-wheeler underway with crowd on deck, in original pressed golden oak frame, with captioned mount, original rippled glass. 19 ½” x 29 ¼” image, frame 33 ¼” x 43”.  The side-wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath, Maine, the steamer was one of New England's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. $3,900.

 

12122d. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1880. 2 ¼” x 3 7/8”. Pass #175 dated until December 31, 1880, allows Mr. Robert Gatzmer Esq., Philadelphia & Atlantic City Railway free passage on vessels of the Portland Steam Packet Company. Pass is printed in black on buff card stock by the Franklin Bank Note Company. Beautifully printed with a wonderful vignette of a company walking beam side paddle wheel steamer. Includes printed signature of the company president. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland,  was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. Clean, unusually good condition. (VG+). $88.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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