Passenger and Crew Lost with the Steamship Portland

When the steamship Portland sank on 27 November 1898, all onboard perished. Unfortunately, the exact magnitude of the human loss cannot be determined as the only passenger list went down with the steamship. Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary is attempting to discern the true dimensions of the disaster through historical and archaeological research.

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The Boston Herald featured headlines and illustrations describing the Portland’s tragic loss.

The following information is based upon various Maine and Massachusetts newspapers, documents in historical societies and maritime museums around New England, court papers held by the National Archives Northeast Region in Waltham, MA, and the book Four Short Blasts: The Gale of 1898 and the Loss of the Steamer Portland by Peter Dow Bachelder and Mason Philip Smith.

Crew (63 in number with 16 bodies recovered)

 

Last Name

Title

First Name

Middle Name

Race

Occupation

Allen

Mr.

Henry

George

Black

Porter

Barron

Mr.

Matthew

 

White

Deckhand

Berry

Mrs.

Marjorie

A.

Black

Second Stewardess

Blake

Mr.

Rodney

S.

White

Watchman

Blanchard

Mr.

Hollis

Horace

White

Captain/Master

Bruse

Mr.

Denis

-

White

Deckhand

Carter

Mr.

Allen

H.

White

Fireman

Cash

Mr.

William

H.

Black

Saloonman

Collins*

Mr.

Peter

Lewis

White

Deckhand

Cropley

Mr.

George

H.

White

Deckhand

Crozier

Mr.

John

-

White

Deckhand

Daley

Mr.

John

 -

White

Deckboy

Dauphinee

Mr.

Everett

-

White

Deckhand

Davidson

Mr.

James

-

White

Deckhand

Dillon*

Mr.

John

Albert

White

Oiler

Doughty

Mr.

William

J.

White

Fireman

Dyer*

Mr.

Ansel

Lewis

White

Quartermaster

Foreman

Mr.

Lee

-

Black

Steam Tableman

Gately

Mr.

John

K.

White

Fireman

Gatling

Mr.

Alexander

-

Black

Saloonman

Graham*

Mr.

George

H.

Black

Cabinman

Graham

Mr.

Maurice

James

Unk

Deckhand

Harris

Mrs.

Carrie

E. M.

Black

Stewardess

Hartley

Mr.

Richard

-

Unk 

Deckhand

Hemenway

Mr.

William

Alexander

Black

Cabinman

Heuston

Mr.

Francis

Eben

Black

Second Steward

Howard

Mr.

Stephen

-

Black

Cook

Ingraham

Mr.

Frederick

A.

White

Purser

Johnson

Mr.

Arthur

E.

Black

Saloon Watchman

Jones*

Mr.

John

F.

Black

Second Cook

Latimer*

Mr.

William

E.

Black 

Head Saloonman

Leighton

Mr.

Franklin

W.

White

Electrician

MacGillivray

Mr.

George

T.

White 

Deckhand

MacKey*

Mr.

John

-

White

First/Second Mate

Matthews*

Mr.

Alonzo

V.

Black

Steward

McNeil

Mr.

James

J.

White

Oiler

Merrill

Mr.

Thomas

B.

White

First Engineer

Merrill

Mr.

Charles

L.

White

Assistant Engineer

Merriman

Mr.

Hugh

H.

White

Fireman

Minott*

Mr.

Michael

-

Black

Saloonman

Mondary*

Mr.

Thomas

-

Unk

Saloon Watchman

Moore

Mr.

Horace

C.

White

Clerk

Mundrucu*

Mr.

Theodore

M.

Black

Saloon Watchman

Nelson

Mr.

Lewis

Martin

White

Second Pilot

Norton

Mr.

George

A.

White

Deckhand

O'Brien

Mr.

Cornelius

-

White 

Deckhand

Oxley

Mr.

Ernest

-

Black

Pantryman

Patterson

Mr.

Frank

A.

White

Second Mate

Pennell*

Mr.

Thomas

H.

White

Fireman

Pinna*

Mr.

Roland

J.

Black

Cabinman

Reed

Mr.

Griffin

S.

Black

Cabin Watch

Robicheau

Mr.

Winthrop

P.

White

Baggage Master

Rollinson*

Mr.

Harry

C.

White

Fireman

Sewall

Mr.

Thomas

-

White

Watchman

Sloan

Mr.

Arthur

-

White

Deckhand

Smith

Mr.

Fred

-

White

Deckhand

Smith*

Mr.

Samuel

Henry

Black

Hallman

Stanley

Mr.

James

-

White

Deckhand

Thompson

Mr.

William

G. A.

White

Cabinman

Walton*

Mr.

John

Tuck

White

Second Engineer

Whitten

Mr.

John

C.

White

Watchman

Williams

Mr.

James

-

Black

After Cabin Watch

Wills

Mr.

Fred

A.

Black

Third Cook

Passengers (130 in number with 35 bodies recovered)

Last Name
Title
First Name
Middle Name
City of Residence
State of Residence
Allen* Mr. Frederick H Portland ME
Atamian Mr. George - Portland ME
Baker Mrs. Beulah Mosley Portland ME
Beardsworth Mr. William - Boothbay ME
Bemis Mr. Walter L Portland ME
Bemis* Mrs. Cora Vosmus Portland ME
Bonney Mr. Alonzo George Portland ME
Briggs Mr. - - Portland ME
Brown* Mr. Fred A Portland ME
Buckminster Mr. Joseph - Yarmouth ME
Carroll Mrs. J A Portland ME
Chase Mr. William Livingston Portland ME
Chase Master Philip Adams Portland ME
Chickering* Mrs. Abbie C Portland ME
Clark Mr. Albert - Portland ME
Cobb Miss Emily L Boston MA
Cohen* Mr. Solomon - Portland ME
Cole Mr. George W Weymouth MA
Collins* Miss Elizabeth M A Weymouth MA
Cottreau* Mr. Charles C Worcester MA
Curtis Miss Elixabeth - Worcester MA
Daly Mr. Jerry - Woodfords ME
Delaney Mr. George Edward Woodfords ME
Dennis* Mrs. Ezekiel - Woodfords ME
Doherty Mr. John - Chelsea MA
Dunbar Mr. Albert Burke Chelsea MA
Dwyer - W East Boston MA
Dyer - N J Easton ME
Dyer* Mr. Charles G Easton ME
Edmunds* Mrs. Jennie G East Boston MA
Edwards Mr. Lawrence - S. Portland ME
Flower Mr. James W S. Portland ME
Flower* Mr. Charles - S. Portland ME
Foden Mrs. Rachael - Portland ME
Foden Mr. Robert - Portland ME
Fowler Mr. Frederick - Portland ME
Freeman* Honorable Dudley Elias Woodfords ME
Frye Mr. Isaiah - Portland ME
Frye Miss Ruth - Portland ME
Galley Mr. John G Brookline MA
Gatchell Mr. Dennis Osborne Portland ME
Gately Mrs. Ellen Driscoll Portland ME
Gibson Mr. George P Portland ME
Goggin Mr. A A Portland ME
Gosselin* Mr. Alphonso - Portland ME
Hanley Mr. Matthew - Portland ME
Hanson Mr. William - S. Portland ME
Heald Miss Rowena M Gorham ME
Hersom Mr. Arthur F Cumberland  ME
Hersom Mrs. Arthur F E. Deering ME
Holmes* Miss Sophie B Marlboro ME
Hooper* Mr. Oren - Marlboro ME
Hooper* Master Carl - Lewiston ME
Hoyt Miss Cynthia J Providence RI
Ingraham* Miss Madge - Auburndale MA
Jackson Mr. Perry - Ligonia ME
Jackson Mrs. Lillian - Auburn ME
Jackson Mr. Malcolm - Auburn ME
Kelley* Miss Susan Annie Somerville MA
Kennedy Mr. William - Boston MA
Kenniston* Mr. George B S. Portland ME
Kinyon* Miss Florence Muriel Portland ME
Kirby Mr. Timothy - Portland ME
Langthorne Miss Helen M Lowell MA
Leighton Mrs. Diana Gilbert Manchester NH
Leighton Mr. Ora L Gorham ME
Lord Mrs. Hattie A Boston MA
Mann* Mr. John G Malden MA
Matthews Mr. Albert S Portland ME
Matthews Mrs. Albert - Everett MA
Matthews - - - St John Nova Scotia
McGilvery - D W Roxbury ME
McGowen Miss Lilla - Portland ME
McKenney Mrs. - - Lowell MA
McMullen Miss Jennie G Portland ME
Metcalf* Mr. Lewis J Portland ME
Mitchell* Mrs. Cornelia N Gloucester MA
Morong* Miss Faith - Cincinnati OH
Mosher* Mr. William J Cincinnati OH
Munn Mr. William Frederick Portland ME
Murphy Mr. John J Auburn ME
Murphy Mr. John H Westbrook ME
O'Connell* Mr. John - Auburn ME
Piche* Mr. Jules Procul Suffield CT
Plympton* Miss Emma L Boston MA
Pratt Mrs. Hannah - Portland ME
Pratt Miss Amy - Portland ME
Prescott Mr. George Luther Portland ME
Proctor* Mr. Warren Scott Boston MA
Revenal Mr. Theodore - Auburn ME
Reynolds Miss Alice - Bangor ME
Richardson Mr. Frank F Albany NY
Roche Mr. William Henry Montreal Canada
Roddy Mr. James - Bath ME
Rounds* Mrs. Agnes - Bath ME
Safford Mrs. Miranda - - -
Schmidt Mr. Jes Jessen Montreal Canada
Schmidt Mrs. Jessine - Auburn ME
Schmidt Mr. Jorgen Jessen - ME
Schmidt Mr. Anton - Scarboro -
Sherwood Mr. Frederick R - -
Silverstaine Mr. Louis - Boston MA
Silverstaine Mr. Harry - Portland ME
Small Mr. Myrton L Portland ME
Smith Mr. Harry - Cambridge MA
Stanley Mr. James - - -
Sullivan Mrs. John - Brunswick ME
Swift Miss Ella M Bath ME
Sykes* Miss Maud - Portland ME
Tetrow Miss Annie - Hanson MA
Thompson Mr. Charles H Deering ME
Thompson Mrs. Susan E Hartford CT
Thompson Miss Gladys M Rockland ME
Tibbets Mr. Charles A Berlin NH
Timmons* Mrs. Elmira B Yarmouth NS
Tinkham* Mr. Charles C Reading MA
Totten* Miss Eva M Boston MA
Tucker Miss Alice - Bath ME
Tupper Mr. James Henry Portland ME
Turner Mr. Augustus R Philadelphia PA
Turner Mrs. Augustus - Yarmouth Nova Scotia
Twombly Mrs. Ella - Portland ME
VanGuysling - C E Portland ME
Welch Mrs. Mary - Brewer ME
Wheeler* Mrs. Eunice Augusta Portland ME
White Mr. Horace - Portland ME
Wiggin Mr. Charles - Portland ME
Wildes Mr. Alonzo F Portland ME
Wilson Mr. Frank I Lisbon ME
Young Mr. Henry De Merritt Windsor Nova Scotia

Additional 52 Names of Passengers Possibly Onboard

Last Name
Title
First Name
Middle Name
City of Residence
State of Residence

Allen

Mrs.

Theodore

-

Marlboro

ME

Allen

Miss

-

-

Marlboro

ME

Allen

Mr.

Frank

A.

Boston

MA

Baker

Miss

Hattie

-

Suffield

CT

Beauphine

-

E

-

Lowell

MA

Bolton

-

Jane

-

Portland

ME

Brooks

Mr.

George

-

Auburn

ME

Burke

Mr.

William

Henry

Portland

ME

Clark

Miss

Edna

-

Cincinnati

OH

Clark

Miss

Eva

-

Auburn

ME

Cleveland

Mr.

A

W.

Boston

MA

Cleveland

Mrs.

-

-

Malden

MA

Cleveland

-

-

-

Everett

MA

Cole

Miss

-

-

Lewiston

ME

Colen

-

S

-

Auburn

ME

Condon

Mrs.

Rachael

-

Philadelphia

PA

Condon

Mr.

-

-

Yarmouth

Nova Scotia

Coy

Mrs.

Kate

-

Auburndale

MA

Crockett

Miss

Nellie

-

St John

Canada

Crosby

Mr.

Harry

-

-

ME

Evans

Mr.

Ingalls

E.

Yarmouth

NS

Flaherty

Mr.

Michael

-

Rockland

ME

Foster

Mr.

A

B.

Montreal

Canada

Goulding

Mr.

Richard

-

Cambridge

MA

Heald

Mr.

George

-

Gloucester

MA

Heald

Mrs.

-

-

Cincinnati

OH

Hooper

-

H

True

Ligonia

ME

Houston

-

-

-

Portland

ME

Houston

-

-

-

Portland

ME

Kennedy

-

A

D.

Hartford

CT

Kenney

Mrs.

M

-

-

-

Kirby

Mrs.

M

-

Portland

ME

Lester

Mr.

George

-

Montreal

Canada

Lewis

Mr.

Harry

-

Portland

ME

Lindsay

-

J

E.

Auburn

ME

Lindsey

Mr.

Malcolm

W.

Boston

MA

MacGilvray

Mr.

George

T.

Auburn

ME

Moe

Mr.

Joe

-

Boston

MA

Potter

-

M

H.

Brewer

ME

Richardson

-

E

H.

Portland

ME

Rounds

Miss

Anna

-

Portland

ME

Sewell

-

M

L.

Providence

RI

Stone

Mr.

Walter

I.

Reading

MA

Stucker

Miss

Alice

-

Brunswick

ME

Swift

Mrs.

Alice

-

Manchester

NH

Sylvester

Mr.

Harry

A.

Boston

MA

Thompson

Mrs.

George

R.

Berlin

NH

Wakefield

-

W

P.

Portland

ME

Walton

-

J

D.

Auburn

ME

Wayley

Mrs.

Augusta

-

Westbrook

ME

Welch

Mrs.

James

-

S. Portland

ME

Wheeler

Mr.

Fred

-

Gorham

ME

* Passengers or crew whose body was reported as washed ashore on Cape Cod. Newspapers often reported conflicting information about the identity of a body. Ultimately, some bodies could not be identified.

The above information is a compilation of all names associated with having been aboard the Portland on its last voyage.  An attempt has been made to eliminate individuals who were initially reported as lost with the steamship, but were subsequently reported as not having been aboard. These lists are a work in progress and should not be considered exhaustive nor error free.  It is the sanctuary’s hope that persons having information about an ancestor listed above would contact the sanctuary so that the information may be refined.  As research progresses along this track, information about individual people will be added.   Please visit this webpage periodically to learn more about our ancestors and the nation’s maritime heritage.


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