Remembering the Sinking of the Portland

A scanned side view of the Portland as it rests on the sea floor. Photo/NOAA

CBSBoston.com: This week marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and as we talked to people in our area about that disaster, we learned more about another tragedy that became known as the “Titanic of New England.” It happened in 1898 just after Thanksgiving when a steamship carrying about 200 people from Boston to Portland, Maine, was lost. And when the Steamship Portland went down, the sorrow and drama captured the attention of the nation.

Items found on sea floor from the Portland wreck. Photo/NOAA

“The Portland was a wooden side-paddle-wheel steamship,” says Matthew Lawrence, a maritime archeologist at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate. “That was before we had I-95 where you could get to Portland in about 3 hours,” he adds.

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