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1831. (photo) Steamship S.S. Portland Underway c.1890’s view.

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1831. (photo) Steamship S.S. Portland Underway c.1890’s view.

1831. 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.