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Pat Shingleton: Thanksgiving Hurricane

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, November 29 2014 Nov 29, 2014 November 29, 2014 3:00 AM November 29, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Hurricane Season 2014 ends tomorrow with eight named storms, six hurricanes and two 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 went 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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