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Loss of the Steamship SS Portland:

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Loss of the Steamship SS Portland:

Posted on July 20, 2012

Loss of the Steamship SS Portland:

November 26 in the year 1898 dawned quietly, with high clouded skies and only a light wind. Aboard the 291-foot steamer Portland boarding passengers at India Wharf in Boston, the crew and passengers looked forward to a good voyage and their return home after a long Thanksgiving holiday. But, by the evening of the 27th, surfmen patrolling the outer beach of Cape Cod would begin to find wreckage washing ashore including a life-belt lettered with the words “Steamer Portland of Portland”….

Read about the loss of the Portland and what would come to be known as “The Portland Gale” in our column Collecting Lighthouse Antiques in Lighthouse Digest Magazine, available now by subscription and on their web site at www.LighthouseDigest.com .

For antique books, photos and artifacts from the Portland, visit our Antiques page on our web site.