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1831. (photo) Steamship S.S. Portland Underway c.1890’s view. Clear close press photo c.1949 of an 1890’s image of the side wheel steamship SS Portland underway. The paddle wheel steamship SS 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 wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship Portland measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built 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 SS Portland connected Boston , Massachusetts and Portland , Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company without much notoriety. The Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. On Nov. 26, 1898, the steamship left India Wharf in Boston for Portland , Maine on a regularly scheduled run. However, she never made it to port. None of the 192 passengers and crew survived the massive storm that wreaked havoc on New England 's coast - a storm that was later dubbed "The Portland Gale" after the tragic loss of the ship. Debris was washed up all along the Massachusetts coast. In the 1989, maritime researchers discovered the remains of the wreck on Stellwagen Bank just north of Provincetown on Cape Cod . Photo measures 7” x 9” and includes description and publication date on the back. Published November 1949 Associated Press. Large clear view. (VG+). $34.

1848. (lot 3 newspaper clippings) Loss of Steamship Portland In 1898. c.1913-1928. Lot includes three newspaper clippings recalling the sinking of the SS Portland in the 1898 gale that became known as “The Portland Gale”. The first (and largest) is dated November 30, 2013 and is titled, "Sea has Kept Well the Story of the Loss of the Portland 15 Years Ago." Subtitle is "176 Lives Taken in Terrific Storm That Numbered All Aboard Steamer as Biggest Toll of Those Taken Along New England Coast."  Subsections of this article are titled "No One Legally Liable;" "Relics of the Wreck;" "Three Men Who Escaped;" "Herald Gives First News;" and "Blown Off Her Course."  This article is in two pieces and ends in mid sentence, so it is incomplete but it contains photos of the steamer.  The second clipping is dated November 27, 1927 and is titled, "Steamer Portland Lost 29 Years Ago."  It describes a few theories as to how the sinking happened.  The third clipping is dated March 1928 and is titled, "Sea Disaster Recalls Loss of Portland - Main-Bound Steamer Went Down with 263 Victims 30 Years Ago - All Hands Lost When Side-Wheeler Succummbed to Elements."  It reports that the striking of the Robert E. Lee, New York bound with 263 persons aboard, on the treacherous underwater reef known as Mary Ann rocks off Manomet beach, brings to mind the night 30 years ago when the steamer Portland went to the bottom of the sea and that weather conditions for the two ships was similar. These clippings were removed from a an old scrapbook that contained newspaper clippings dated 1898 through the 1930s. Wear and age as expected. (VG-). $34.

 

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. 

 

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.

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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