Shipwrecks Off Our Town
"Our Town" By James W. Tucker
Thursday, September 29, 1951
Note From Miss Cole
The Portland Disaster
The stockholder's captain thought he could make Portland before the worst part of the storm broke, but by midnight the full force of a howling northeaster was piling mountainous waves off Cape Ann. At this point, the eighty mile wind drove the Portland back on her course so that by daylight on Sunday, watchers sighted her over Peaked Hill Bar off Cape Cod. Before midnight, 33 bodies and a welter of wreckage containing trunks, barrels and steamship fittings and furniture were strewn by the spume capped breakers all over the beach at that section of Cape Cod -- mute evidence of the fate of the Portland. But in the 53 years which have elapsed the reason for the wreck has never been ascertained. Was there a collision? Did she strike the Peaked Hill Bar or was she broken up by the terrible gale and the great waves? Many residents of our town will have vivid recollections of the Portland disaster, during this, the anniversary week of her loss.
Wreck At The Rivermouth
"The sad hand of God upon eight psons goeing in a vessell by sea from Hampton to boston who were all swallowed up in the ocean."
Two British Cargo Ships Lost
The three-master was laden with coal and carried a crew of seven. We can well imagine the horror and consternation in the minds of the good people of Hampton Beach, and there could have been no more than a handful, as the stricken ship was driven shorewards by the gale and heavy seas. It probably was from Cutler's Hotel that a message was sent to the Coast Guard Station at Straw's Point and Wallis Sands, both in Rye.
Help Comes Overland From Rye
Wreck To Restaurant
The "Mary Brown" and the "Frank"
Sometime around 1940, we took pictures in a snow storm of the crew of a fishing vessel as they were rowed ashore in three boats on the north (?south) side of Great Boar's Head after their fishing vessel, out of Gloucester, had been wrecked off the Isles of Shoals. The proprietor of this pillar would be happy to receive information concerning any shipwrecks along our town's coast, including those alluded to above or any other shipwrecks we have not mentioned.