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Pat Shingleton" A Storm Racer-A Hurricane..."

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago November 30, 2013 Nov 30, 2013 Saturday, November 30 2013 November 30, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Hurricane Season ends today with 12 named storms, two hurricanes and no major hurricanes. The Saturday evening weather after Thanksgiving, 1898 in New England was rapidly deteriorating. In 90-mile-per-hour winds and 30-foot-seas, The Portland's captain was known as a "storm racer" and would regularly make runs from Boston to Portland, Maine. The steamship was designed for flat coastal bays and wet down at 9:30 pm; verified by pocket watches that came ashore. It was a victim of "The 1898 Hurricane" that claimed 190 lives and was one of the worst in New England history. One hundred and fifty ships went down or were scuttled on that fateful evening. In August, 2002 the wreckage of the Portland was located.

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