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memory for names and dates and was also thoroughly conversant on pertinent topics of the day, politically he was always a Democrat. He has resided in Belfast since 1874. By his death the city loses one of its most valued and esteemed citizens.
14 February 1899 Vessels Wrecked in the Storm
Schooner MOBANG of Cherryfi eld, Maine Abandoned and Drifted to Sea – Fears for the THOS. BORDEN of Rockport.
Gloucester, Massachusetts, February
14. – The northeast blizzard which had been raging here since Saturday fi nally stopped at fi ve o’clock this morning when the wind hauled round to the north. During the night the gale assumed hurricane proportions and the vessels lying in port had a rough time of it. Owing to the ice which covered the inner harbor, incoming and coastwise vessels have been obliged to anchor outside of Ten Pound Island.
The schooner MOBANG, Capt. Stillman Fickett, bound for Cherryfi eld, Maine, which was anchored near Ten Pound Island yesterday became terribly iced up. She was buffeted by the ice fl oes and soon after dark she began to drag and at length her chains snapped and she was borne seaward by the drifting ice.
Her captain, seeing that he could not hope to get her out of her peril on account of her burden of ice ordered the crew to abandon her. They took to the small boat and succeeded in making the British schooner CLAYOLA lying near Eastern point, and were taken on board.
The crew consisted of Chas. Jordan and
A. P. Martin. The men were brought here by the tug EVELETH this morning. The MOBANG is owned by G. R. Campbell, of Cherryfi eld, Maine and her master, and was uninsured.
The schooner, THOS. BURDEN, of Rockland, Maine, with coal also was anchored off Ten Pound Island yesterday. She was exposed to the full brunt of the gale and began to drag her anchors between 12 and 1 this morning. She was seen by the crews of nearby schooners to drive out of the harbor and disappear in the blinding snow storm. She has no sails up and was unmanageable. Grave doubts are entertained for the safety of the craft and her crew of six men.
The schooner ELLEN F. GLEASON went ashore on Rocky Neck shoal during the night. She was a fi ne new vessel of 40 tons owned by John Gleason, Jr., and valued at $8,000. She lies easy, bow on, and may possibly come free with the next tide. Near her lies the schooner ELSIE M. SMITH, which was driven ashore. She lies bow on in a bad position and her cargo of herring will have to be lightered.
15 February 1899 Vessels Wreck in Storm.
Cable From Nantucket Tells of Several Marine Disasters – Crews Rescued by Life Savers.
Nantucket, Massachusetts, February 15. – (By Cable to Vineyard Haven, Thence by Steamer to Mainland) – The heavy northeast blizzard which raged over this island all day yesterday and continued up to early this forenoon, created havoc among shipping in the harbor. Several schooners were driven ashore, and it is feared that several lives have been lost. The wind reached a velocity of 50 miles an hour at one time and at midnight the barometer fell to 28.06, the lowest recorded here since the weather bureau has been established. The fall of snow and sleet was unusually heavy,
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completely blocking all traffi c on land, causing dangerous seas that almost equaled the fearful tempest of the last November. An unknown three-masted schooner went ashore on Muskeget Island shoal, and an unknown four-master was stranded one mile west of Tuckernuck shoal slue. A two-masted schooner is also ashore on Tuckernuck Island.
The three-masted schooner WM. MARSHALL, for Philadelpia, Capt. Sharp, bound from Boothbay, Maine to Washington with a cargo of ice, consigned to the Independent Ice Co., went ashore on Nantucket bar. The Cosgata life saving crew sighted the schooner during the storm and Capt. Coffi n and his men went to his assistance. As the vessel was in a dangerous position it was decided to abandon the vessel. Capt. Sharp, Mrs. Sharp and the crew were taken off.
The Boothbay schooner, E. L. DOW, which ran ashore a few days ago, went to pieces during the gale last night. Capt. Tinkham and the crew of the DOW are being cared for here.
The island is almost surrounded by ice and it now looks as if no steamer would be able to communicate with the main land for several days,
No main has been received since last
Thursday. Fresh meats and other provisions are becoming scarce.
8 March 1899 Shipping Suffers in Storm.
Many Craft Wrecked in the Blizzard of Tuesday.
Heroic and Thrilling Rescues of Sailors from Certain Death – The Loss of the KENDRICK FISH at Portland. The two masted schooner KENDRICK FISH, of Rockland, Capt. Gilbert, went ashore at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning on Cobb’s ledge, Danforth Cove, at the entrance to Portland harbor. It was snowing hard at the time and the wind was blowing a gale. The schooner missed stays and before her anchors could bring her up she struck on the ledge about 150 feet from the bold shores of Cape Elizabeth, against which the sea was lashing in a fearful manner. The schooner began to go to pieces when several fi shermen of Willard discovered the wreck and by heroic efforts succeeded in getting a rope ashore over which the captain and four sailors were pulled to safety.
The schooner will be a total loss. She was light at the time of the wreck, being bound there to load lumber. She registered 149 tons and was very old. She was owned by Capt. Gilbert and was uninsured.
14 March 1899 CIMBRIA’s New Figures. The Remodelled Steamer Together with Several Smaller Craft were Measured by Customs Offi cial on Monday. On Monday afternoon, Willard E. Barrows, deputy inspector of customs under Collector Simpson, made the offi cial measurements of the remodeled steamer CIMBRIA, of the Bangor & Bar Harbor Steamboat Co’s fl eet; the boat was wrecked at Bass Harbor last fall and is being rebuilt. Deputy Barrows also measured two small craft which have been receiving extensive repairs in Brewer. The CIMBRIA is now registered at 280 tons gross and 191 tons net, which is considerably greater than she was before. The CREEDMOOR, a small fi shing steamer which had been altered is now ten tons gross and seven net; Capt. Arey’s little craft ANNABELLE, which has also more or less changed is now of nine tons gross and six tons net.
The work on the CIMBRIA is progressing rapidly, the workmen now being engaged on the inside of the house. Although work will be pushed, it is thought doubtful if she will be ready for service until sometime in May, when she will return to her route practically a new boat.
2 April 1899 He Favors the Schooner
H. M. Bean, of Camden, the Famous Maine Shipbuilder, is in Bangor for a Visit with Friends
H. M. Bean, of Camden, the famous American shipbuilder, has been in Bangor for a short visit with Mr. and Mrs. Abel Hunt, in their Garland Street house; Mr. Bean continues to be a giant in health and strength. Mr. Bean is the champion of the American schooner as a carrier. He long ago told Bangor people in these columns what he thought of that craft as against the merits of the barge and the towboat, and be followed up the profession of his faith by getting into his ample yards down in Camden and putting together sticks enough to launch the mightiest fore-and-after that ever sailed the brine. That was the JOHN G. PRESCOTT. Not satisfi ed with that Mr. Bean is now hot after the timber for a six-masted schooner that will undoubtedly be near the top of the crackajack class, in which these Camden boats exclusively travel. Mr. Bean is one of the staunchest supporters of the best doctrine of American shipping. When he looks at the future he does so with a telescope. Then he goes down to Camden and builds another schooner.
4 April 1899 Now a Six-Master
Shipbuilders Interested in Capt. Crowley’s Project.
What H. M. Bean of Camden, Who May Build Her, Says.
Bath Men Rather Skeptical as to the
Maine shipbuilders and commercial men generally are interested in the proposition of Capt. John G. Crowley of Taunton, Massachusetts, to build a six-masted schooner. Capt. Crowley is the manager of the Crowley fl eet which includes the largest schooner afl oat, the fi ve-master JOHN B. PRESCOTT, launched from the yard of H. M. Bean at Camden, some months ago. In discussing the proposition of Capt. Crowley to have a six masater added to his fl eet, H. M. Bean of Camden is quoted as favoring the plan. When asked to the advantages of a six master, Mr. Bean said that such a craft, on practically the same expense, could carry a larger cargo of coal. She would be easy to handle and would not need so much canvas to a mast. Mr. Bean thought that a six master would, if well built, prove to be a fast sailer. He said he believed that in two years men in his yard would be at work on just such a craft. Such a vessel would cost about $140,000. The six masts of the monster would be of an equal length, 125 feet each and when all the canvas was spread thre would be about 13,000 square yards, or enough to clothe a couple of regiments of soldiers, roughly speaking.
In length she would be 325 feet over all, 47 feet in beam with a 22 foot hold. Her keelson would go to her lower deck beams. Six inches in thickness would be the outside planking. To keep this enormous craft from drifting ashore, would be two anchors weighing three tons and a half each, made fast to 200 fathoms of chain 2 ¾ inches in thickness.
It would be necessary to use 500 tons of iron in fastening such a vessel. Mr. Bean argues that if a fi ve-master can return some 20 percent profi t to her owners a year, a six- master, with a larger tonnage running under practically the same expense, would yield a bigger percentage of profi t.
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