Portland was a side-wheel paddle steamer built by New England Shipbuilding Company. She was launched in October 1889 for Portland Steam Packet Company and was one of New England's largest a paddle steamers at the time. She entered servicing the route between Portland and Boston where she earned herself as a reliable luxury steamer. Under a journey from Boston to Portland 27.November 1898 she sailed into a storm and went down with all hands lost. The exact number of casualties is still uncertain, and some sources claim over tho hundred people lost their lives. The wreck was found by American Underwater Search and Survey in 1989, and her identity was confirmed three years later. The wreck rest today in a remarkably good condition on a depth of 140 to 160 meter outside Gloucester.

Former names:

291,0 x 42,0 x 15,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2284 grt
Bath ( US ) 1889
Portland ( US )

Picture: A pass depicting the PS Portland
Courtesy of NOAA & Deborah Marx

Last updated: November 2020