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Anniversary of Portland shipwreck

From Wicked Local

Join maritime archaeologists from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for a visit to the steamship Portland shipwreck that lies hidden beneath the waves.

The event will include a showing of the Science Channel’s award winning documentary, The Wreck of the Portland, and a presentation on current research.
The Commemoration of the Portland Gale and the Sinking of the Steamship Portland will take place from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Scituate Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum, 301 Driftway, Scituate.

The Scituate Historical Society and National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary sponsor this event.
Nov. 27, 2011 marks the 113th anniversary of the steamship Portland’s loss, one of New England’s greatest maritime tragedies. The ship sank during a tremendous storm that ravaged shipping and Massachusetts coastal communities on that fateful weekend after Thanksgiving. The storm became known as the “Portland Gale.”

Scituate bears a lasting mark from the storm – the opening of a new mouth for the North River, which splits the community of Humarock from the rest of the town.

Together, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Scituate Historical Society seek to commemorate the Portland Gale with an interpretive program highlighting the sanctuary’s archaeological and historical investigation of the steamship and the museum’s collection of Portland artifacts.

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