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VOLUME LXXXIV.-XO. 183.
NINETY-NINE LIVES GO OUT WITH
THE WRECKING OF THE PORTLAND
IGHLAND LIGHT, Mass., Nov. 28.— (Delayed in trans
— mission.) — The steamer Portland of the Boston and Port
land line, has been lost on Cape Cod, with all on board.
The life saving men, through a blinding storm, yesterday
morning at 6 o'clock, heard the distress whistle of a steamer and
last night at midnight the body of a man was found on shore. On
the body of the man was a life belt marked "Steamer Portland of
Portland." A gold watch in his pocket had stopped at 10 o'clock.
This man was well dressed, wore black clothes and tan shoes, had
light hair and mustache and a piece of card in his pocket bore the
words "J onn W., Congress street, Portland."
The body of a large woman, without covering of any kind,
was washed ashore at Pamet River, but there was no means of iden
It is believed that the steamer Portland was disabled by the
storm at 10 o'clock last night, being unable longer to hold up
against the gale, and drifted onto Peaked Hill bars and went to
pieces. No part of the ship had drifted ashore and it is not
known just where she struck. Boxes of tobacco, clothing, cheese,
oil, etc. have been washed ashore, also life preservers marked
with the words "Steamer Portland."
BOSTON, Nov. 29. — Dr. Maurice Richardson of Beacon
street, this city, was at his summer home at Wellfleet during the
storm arid corroborated the early accounts of the loss of the Port
land, for he saw two of the bodies washed ashore and on them
were life preservers marked with the vessel's name. Dr. Richard
son was on the first train from Cape Cod, which arrived in this
city late to-night.
"I saw two of the bodies picked up," said Dr. Richardson.
"One was probably that of a deckhand, a man of about 20. He
had on a life preserver marked 'Portland.' The other body was
that of a stout woman. She. too, wore a life belt with the steam
er's name on it. Wreckage is coming ashore for fifteen miles
along the coast. Among the wreckage were cases of lard directed
In addition to the two bodies, Dr. Richardson brought news
that at Orleans the body of a girl of about 20 was found. She
had a gold watch and a ring marked "J- G - E -" Her watch sap
ped at 9:17. There are three bodies at Nauset, eight at Orleans
and twenty-eight at Truro and Wellfleet. The double wheel of the
Portland came ashore at Orleans.
The Portland was built in 1890 in Bath, Me., and was a side
wheel steamer of 13 17 net tons burden. Her length is 230 feet,
beam 4^ and depth 15 feet. She mrtm valued at $250,000, an ■) is
TWELVE BODIES WASHED
ASHORE AT CAPE COD
NEW YORK, Nov. 29.— The French
cable company has received a dispatch
from its office at Cape Cod. Mass., say
ing that twelve bodies from the steamer
Portland have been washed ashore at
PROVINCETOWN, Mass., Nov. 29.—
Two bodies that came ashore at High
land Light, and are supposed to be
from the Portland have been brought
here. One is that of a well dressed man.
The other body is that of a woman
with only shoea and stockings on.
WORCESTER, Mass.. Nov. 29.—Wil
liam L. Chase, who with his son Philip
was a passenger on the Portland, was
chief in the draughtsman department
in the Crompton-Knowles Loom Works,
and secretary of the Alumni Association
of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass., Nov. 29.—
Twenty-seven vessels were driven
ashore and totally wrecked in this
neighborhood. From the majority of
these the crews were saved, although
several lives were lost. Four or five
of the wrecks were coasters, and the
rest were fishermen. During th storm
shipping was destroyed and the beach
was strewn with wreckage, streets
were flooded and wharves drifted out
to sea. Four ice houses and a lobster
hatchery situated at Beach Point were
The list of casualties includes the
schooners Daniel Boone, Mary Cabral,
Isaac Collins, the steamer A. B. Nicker
son of Provincetown; the schooners
f'lara Sayward of Gloucester, Sylvester
Whalen of Boston, F. P. Foster and F.
H. Smith of Provincetown, and the
fishing schooner Unique of Boston.
Fragments of the schooner R. Walker
of Gloucester and the coaster Addie E.
Snow of Rockland, Me., drifted ashore
at Race Point this afternoon. Flour,
pork, lard and whisky barrels have
been drifting ashore along the beach
between Race Point and Highland
Light life-saving station to-day.
Several bodies have drifted ashore
near Highland Light, and part of a
boat marked "Steamer Portland."
The Wood Island life savers made
several gallant c-fforts yesterday to
reach the schooner Jordan L. Mott,
bound from New York to Rockland
with coal, and finally succeeded. The
Mott put in here on the 2Cth for a har
bor, and sank early the same night.
The captain and crew of five men
took to the rigging. A terrible sea
and gale prevailed at the time. The
captain, Charles F. Dyer, lashed his
father, C. G. Dyer, who acted as stew
ard, to the mast. For eighteen hours
they were exposed thus before assist
ance arrived. When the Wood Island
crew made its successful launcti and
came within hailing distance of the
Mott Captain Dyer said: .
"I can hold on. Save my crew. My
father is frozen to death at the mast.
Do not wait to cut his body down, for
the men are freezing."
The three-masted schooner Lester A;
Lewis, Captain Kimball, from Eliza
bethport, N. J., for Bangor with a car
go of phosphate and guano, came in
shortly after the Mott and Captain
Dyer thinks both capsized and sank at
about the same ti ne. The captain and
crew of the Lewis perished.
The Peaked Hill life-saving station
reports the schooner Albert L. Butler,
Captain Leland. from Black River, Ja
maica, for Boston, went ashore one
mile east of the life-saving station at
10 o clock in the forenoon. The captain
The San Francisco Call
and four men were saved. Mate Rath
burne. Sailor Offlander and a colored
passenger named Wetherburn were
drowned. The Butler is a total loss.
THREE LIVES LOST IN
THE SAWYER WRECK
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass., Nov. 29.
Three lives were lost in the wreck of
the schooner Sawyer, which was
wrecked on the north side of the island.
The dead are:
Seaman Lander Ashley.
Mate Dudley and Seaman Tapley
The Sawyer, which was bound from
Calais, Me., for New York, with lum
ber, anchored off Falmouth, Mass., for
shelter Saturday evening, but the gale
increased with such fury that the ves
sel broke adrift and was driven across
Vineyard Sound and cast ashore. When
the vessel struck Captain Norwood was
washed overboard and his body was
thrown upon the beach shortly after
ward by the heavy seas. The bodies
of the cook and the seaman were re
The British schooners, Tay and
Rondo, lost all their masts and are full
of water. These schooners were seri
ously damaged. Flora Condon, Hattie
Howes, Henrietta Simmons, Morenci,
Leonard Walters, Lugano, A.
The schooner William Todd was
fouled and sunk by an unknown barge.
The Carrita was wrecked on the east
side of the harbor. The Lunett, from
Perth Amboy with coal, went on the
rocks at Tarpaulin Cove. The Cathie
C. Berry is ashore at Edgerton. The
cargo of lime of the stranded E. C.
Willard took fire to-night and the ves
sel was totally destroyed. The Succon
set Lightship has been damaged and
moved from its former position.
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GATE CITY MAY
HAVE GONE DOWN
BOSTON, Nov. 29.— The arrival in
this city from Cape Cod to-night of a
party of hunters has added to the ex
citement attendant upon the report that
the steamer Portland had been wrecked
on Cape Cod, through their reporting
that it is the belief of the life savers
on the other side of the cape, south
of Nauset Light, that a Savannah line
steamer had struck on Peaked Hill
bars. Each member of the party saw
bodies washed arhore at Nauset, and
the life saverß claimed to have seen a
board in the surf bearing the name
"Gate City." The surf is full of articles
from a vessel's general cargo.
One of the hunters, in an interview
to-riight, says that there is a possibility
that the Gate City was only swept by
the seas and some of her deck fittings
were washed away. The Gate City
sailed from this port for the south on
BOSTON, Nov. 30.— Advices from
Highland Light on the extremity of
Cape Cod, received at 2 a. m this
(Wednesday) morning, do not indicate
that the Gate City was wrecked off
there Saturday night.
BLOCK ISLAND IS
A TOTAL WRECK
NEW YORK, Nov. 29.— A special to
the Evening World from Providence,
R. 1., says: "Block Island has been
heard from for the first time since the
blizzard began. The island is a wreck,
hotels being shattered and vessels torn
to pieces by the storm. The entire fish
SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1898.
Steamship Dashed to Pieces
on the Rocky Shore of
Birdseye View of the Massachusetts Coast From Martha's Vineyard to Cape
Ann, Showing the Scenes of the Numerous Wrecks Which Have Just
ing fleet of twenty-four vessels is a
total loss. The three-masted schooner
Lexington of Machias, Me., is lost.
The Hartford Dredging Company's
plant is gone."
The steamer Martello, from Hull, re
ports that at 2 o'clock yesterday after
noon a wreck was sighted in latitude
NEW ENGLAND'S COAST
STREWN WITH CORPSES
AND WRECKED VESSELS
BOSTON, Nov. 29.— The passing hours do not bring an end to the reports of wrecks and loss of life up
and down the New England coast, as the outcome of Sunday's terrific storm. From Cape Cod the most terrible
accounts of ruin and death are coming, and of these the loss of the steamer Portland, with all on board, near
ly 100 souls, overshadows all. The graveyard of the coast, the treacherous bars and rips on the outside of
Cape Cod, have claimed victims without number. Miles and miles of coast line is piled high with wreckage,
most of which is ground so fine by the waves that identification of helpless craft is impossible.
As the fury of the Wind was as great on the bleak sandhills which make up the cape, it will be many
hours before all places are heard from. Telegraph wires are down and railroads cannot break out of the
snow drifts. This feature is distressing, as much suffering from cold and hunger must ensue among the
poor people in the nearby hamlets. To-night the only means of reaching Cape Cod is by steamer across
Massachusetts Bay, a disagreeable voyage, as the sea is yet boisterous.
Word from Provincetown tells of nearly thirty total wrecks, with the number of lives lost unknown.
Matters are improving slightly along Vineyard Sound, so far as means of communication is concerned.
The best summing up of the disasters in that section is made by Captain Hard Jr. of the revenue cutter
Dexter, who has cruised along the shore all day. He says that in Vineyard Haven hulls are piled upon the
ghore, and those vessels which are afloat seem mere shells. The Dexter reports possible additions to the wreck
list in two schooners sunk of Menemsha Light and two big ones sunk abreast Presque Isle. The fate of the
crews is unknown. Three wrecking steamers are around the Fairfax, ashore on Sow and Pigs Reef.
It is difficult to estimate the total loss .of life and damage to shipping along this coast. The list of dis
asters seems to grow every hour, and from dispatches thus far received it appears that at least thirty
schooners have been wrecked at different points from Eastport, Me., to New Haven, Conn. Eighty schooners
have been driven ashore, and sixteen barges, loaded or empty, are aground.
This list does not include the thirty vessels either wholly or partially wrecked in Boston harbor, nor
half a dozen or more craft which are reported missing, including the Wilson Line freighter Ohio, which is
ashore on Spectacle Island. In this harbor the steamer John J. Hill is ashore at Atlantic; the Merchants'
and Miners' transportation steamer Fairfax is ashore on Sow and Pigs Ledge; off Cuttyhunk, north; a small
steamer, George Chaff ee, foundered at Rockport, Mass. When these are added the list exceeds 110 vessels.
The loss of life is hard to determine. It is known that about fifty persons perished in and about Boston
Harbor. Reports from other places in some cases state that the crew of this or that vessel escaped. Many,
however, state that the fate of the crew is unknown. Some survivors have turned up, and life-saving stations
and incoming vessels have brought a few sailors from wrecks. Perhaps a score would cover those of whom
nothing is known, not including those who were on board the Portland.
THE GREAT STORM.
40.06, longitude 71.16. The vessel was
a bark or barkentine. No signals could
be made out from the Martello, which
was about five miles to the north of the
wreck. Soon afterward a steamer was
seen going toward the wrecked craft.
The steamer is thought to have been a
Hogan liner bound for Baltimore.
The steamer Comanche, from Jack
sonville and Charleston, reached port
about ten hours late owing to the
storm. She reports that about a mile
north of Northeast End lightship she
passed a spar standing out of the wa
ter and attached to a sunken vessel.
Off Martins Industry light two float
ing wrecks, apparently bottom up, were
Reports are coming in of wrecks
about the north and east shores of
Long Island. An unknown three
masted schooner is ashore on Old Fields
Reef with two masts gone. Another
schooner is ashore on the sound beach
near Miller's place. The schooner Ob
server is ashore at Port Jefferson and is
a total wreck. The schooner Olive
Leaf was also wrecked and will prove
a total loss. Darlings wharf was badly
The schooner Everett with a cargo of
brick foundered off Shelter Island
Heights, and the crew had a narrow
escape from drowning.
The schooner Reganet was wrecked
off Long Beach light. The crew after
suffering from exposure and want of
food for thirty-six hours was finally
rescued in an exhausted condition. The
men lost all their personal effects.
Three sloops are sunk at Orient.
Crew Picked Up at Sea.
GLOUCESTER, Mass., Nov. 29.— The
PASSENGERS AND CREW OF
THE LOST PORTLAND.
BOSTON, Nov. 29. — There were ninety-nine persons on board
tite wrecked Portland, including the officers and crew. Following is
a fkHi of tne passengers &aid to have been ou boaxd when she sailed
from Boston Saturday night:
H. TRUE HOOPER, .
MISS RUTH FRYE,
MISS MAUD FRYE,
MISS MAUD SIMMS,
MRS. EZEKIEL DENNIS,
MRS. THEODORE ALLEN,
MRS. DANIEL ROUNDS,
MISS EDNA McCRELLIS,
C. F. WILSON,
HON. F. DUDLEY FREE
D. 0. GRETCHELL,
MISS SOPHIE HOLMES,
MISS EMMA L. PLIMPTON,
G. W. COLE,
M. C. HUTCHINSON,
M. L. SEWELL of Portland.
FRED STEVENS, Portland,
MR. PIERRE, Portland,
Child of Charles H. Thompson
of Woodford, Me.
OFFICERS AND CREW.
HOLLIS H. BLANCHARD,
LEWIS STROUT, First Pilot,
LEWIS NELSON, Second
F. A. INGRAHAM, Purser,
HORACE MOORE, Clerk,
EDWARD DEERING, Mate,
JOHN McKAY, Second Mate,
ANSEL DYER, Quartermaster,
F. PETERSON, Quartermaster,
R. BAKE, Watchman,
T. SEWALL, Watchman,
W. G. WHITTEN, Watchman,
D. WILLIAMS, Watchman,
THOMAS MERRILL, First
JOHN WALTON, Second En
C. VERRILL, Third Engineer,
A. V. MATTHEWS, Steward,
EBEN HEUSTON, Second
JOHN DALY, Seaman,
GEORGE McGILVARY, Sea
ARTHTJR SLOAN, Seaman,
JAMES DAVIDSON, Seaman,
PETER COLLINS, Seaman,
MORRIS GRAHAM, Seaman,
CORNELIUS O'BRIEN, Sea
schooner Hiram Lowell has arrived
with twenty-three persons, the crew
and passengers of the British schooner
Narcissus, from Boston for Shelburne
and Liverpool, N. S., wrecked off Seal
FLOODS AND TIDAL
WAVE BRING DEATH
LONDON, Nov.. 29.— The Vienna cor
respondent of the Daily Mail says:
Trieste and the districts roundabout
were flooded on Sunday by a tremen
dous tidal wave, which did much dam
age to property and ships and caused
the loss of many lives. There was a
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
violent earthquake throughout the
southern provinces of Austria. From
various causes no fewer than twenty
eight lives, it is reported, were lost.
FATE OF CAPTAIN
AND CREW IN DOUBT
NEW BEDFORD, Mass.', Nov. 29.—
The schooner Hattie A. Butler, Cap
tain Mullen, bound from Onsej; to New-
York with a cargo of sand was drtven.
ashore on the rocks at Angelica Point.
Buzzards Bay. The fate of the captain
and crew is not known.
FISHERMEN LOST IN
THE GALE OFF PLYMOUTH
PLYMOUTH, Mass., Nov.; 29.^The
Gurnet Life Saving Station picked up
the body of a man this morning.- A
fishing schooner was wrecked off Brant
MRS. GEORGE O. CHICKER
ING of Weymouth, Mass.,
MRS. WHEELER, Mrs. Chick
ering's sister, of South Wey
FRED SHERWOOD of Port
CHARLES H. THOMPSON,
MRS. THOMPSON and child,
WILLIAM CHASE, Worcester,
MASTER PHILIP CHASE,
MRS. KATE FOY,East Boston,
MRS. SWIFT, Portland,
HENRY SWIFT, East Boston,
MRS. CORDELIA N. MITCH
ELL, North Boston,
MISS JENNIE HOYT, North
J. M. CARROLL, Lowell,
MISS JENNIE EDMONDS,
MISS ANNA ROUNDS, Port
GEORGE B. KENNISON JR.,
PERRY JACKSON, wife and
child, South Portland, Me.,
D. BRUCE, Seaman,
MATTB_EW BARRON, Sea
RICHARD HARTLEY, Sea
GEORGE F. REPLY, Seaman,
F. M. LEIGKBTON, Electrician,
J. M. 1/iXLON, Oiler,
J. M. McNEIL, Oiler,
£L MERRIAM Fireman,
T. E. FENNELL, Fireman,
C. H. CARTER, Fireman,
W. J. DOUGHTY, Fireman,
H. ROLLINSON, Fireman,
J. E. MATELY, Fireman,
W. B. ROBICHAW, Baggage
ARTHTJR JOHNSON, Waiter,
LEE FORMAN, Waiter,
GEORGE GRAHAM, Waiter,
SAMUEL SMITH, Waiter,
LATLMER, Head Saloon
MRS. CARRIE M. HARRIS,
MRS. A. BERRY, Stewardess.
The list given above numbers
fifty-one passengers and forty
eight officers and crew.
Rock and eight of the fourteen men on
her were saved. A herring schooner was
also destroyed there, and the life sav
ing crew picked up three bodies.
WANT BOUNTIES ABOLISHED.
LONDON, Nov. 30.— The Daily Mail
this morning 1 makes the following an
nouncement: "We are able to- state that
on the invitation of the Secretary of
State for the Colonies, Hon. Joseph
Chamberlain, some English capitalists
have indicated their readiness to en
deavor to revive the sugar industry in
the West Indies if bounties are abolished.
Sir Thomas Lip+.on is prepared to spend
1,000,000 pounds sterling, and It is probable
that some arrangement will be arrived