Sunday, July 26, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, January 13, 1886
Steamer Katahdin had a fearful experience in the storm of Saturday. She was en route
from Winterport to Boston, with 26 passengers and a light cargo and at midnight, Friday
night, was caught by the tempest off Boone Island. A sea stove in port bulwark and
poured into her hold, making seven feet of in the hold, and it became necessary to
throw over coal and most of the freight. Whatever was inflammable in the cargo was
retained to feed the fires, hams shoes and meat. For two hours the steamer breasted the
tremendous sea, making little progress. The passengers, including several ladies, were
cool and cheerful. As the wind shifted, the steamer was made to head the sea, and
finally sighted Boar's Head, Hampton Beach, N. H., Saturday night the steamer got
into Portsmouth harbor, and the passengers were sent to Boston by rail. The steamer has
never lost a passenger. The loss of the cargo will not exceed $10,000, and the steamer
not badly damaged.
The flood in the river of the State occasioned much damage last week. Large
booms of logs were swept away, C. McKenney of Bar Mills losing about 100,000
feet. Considerable damage was done at Biddeford by flooding of basements, and
small buildings were carried off. Some bridge damage on the Sandy river. The
most serious damage occurred to the ice fields of Kennebec, in which accounts
are given elsewhere.
Patents have been issued to Hiram S. Johnson, spring connection for bed
springs and spring beds; Henry A. Robinson, Foxcroft, postal packet; Paschal
J. Abbot, Dexter, carriage jack.
Fires In Maine.-Moulton & Pendelton'a mills, Unity, loss $5000; some talk
is made of erecting a steam saw mill in its place.-House of Charles Ross, Avon,
with contents. Loss $600, insured $400. House of Millard Thing, East New
Steamer Knickerbocker, arrived at Rockport, Mass., Thursday morning with
automatic scows. They left the mouth of the Kennebec at 7 a. m. Sunday, but were
obliged to put in at Portland and Portsmouth on the account of head winds. These
scows greatly facilitate work on the breakwater for the harbor of refuge.
Schooner Empire, of Wiscasset, which went ashore at Cape Elizabeth 26th ult.,
was sold yesterday as she lays to Thomas Towle, of this city, at $150.00. This
includes sails, rigging, etc. She will be broken up.
At Bath, Deering & Donnell have contracted to build a fishing schooner of 150
tons for parties at Gloucester, Mass.
Captain S. S. Nickerson, of Provincetown, is having a 70 ton steam fishing
schooner built at East Boothbay.
Captain Bragg, of steamer Eleanora, at New York from Portland, reports that the
whistling buoy at the foot of Nantucket Shoals is out of position about a mile S W of
its proper place; also the buoy on the northern end of Stone Horse Shoal is gone from