The sinking of the RMS Bohemian 150 years ago was the worst shipwreck ever recorded in Casco Bay and one of the worst along the Maine coast. But except for a few reminders scattered around Greater Portland, it is largely forgotten.
A recent article in the Portland Press Herald revisits the disaster, in which 42 people died after the steamship struck a ledge off Cape Elizabeth. And on Saturday, February 22 — the 150th anniversary of the shipwreck — Matthew Jude Barker, a historian and author, will recount the harrowing tale of the Bohemian during a lecture at the Irish Heritage Center in Portland. The free event, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature Barker talking about the ship and its connection to the history of Maine’s Irish community.
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