Remembering Maine’s Forgotten Shipwreck

Mural (South Portland Post Office) of the Bohemian off Cape Elizabeth.
Mural (South Portland Post Office) of the Bohemian off Cape Elizabeth.

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.

Read more about the sinking of the RMS Bohemian.