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1695. (cargo receipt) SS Portland, Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s.

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1695. (cargo receipt) SS Portland, Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s.

1695. (cargo receipt) Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s. 8 ½” x 4 ½”. This is a bill of way for items transported by the “Portland Steamship Company,” for L. P. Skillin, destination Portland, Maine. Note the great graphic showing a walking beam side paddle wheel steamer. 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. This receipt may indeed be for goods that were carried on the Portland the year prior to her loss. This document is in good condition, with some creases, some staining, some chipping to edges. Dated September 17, 189[7]. Also included is a second bill of way for tin to be transported to Portland. The steamship John Brooks is pictured. Not dated. Lot 2 rare receipts. (VG). $56.