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Portland Head Lighthouse 4

Posted by
Ruthiebear (Titusville, NJ, United States) on 12 October 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

Annie C. Maguire was a British three-masted bark, sailing from Buenos Aires, on December 24, 1886, when she struck the ledge at Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Lighthouse Keeper Joshua Strout, his son, wife, and volunteers rigged an ordinary ladder as a gangplank between the shore and the ledge the ship was heeled against. Captain O'Neil, the ship's master, his wife, two mates and the nine-man crew clambered onto the ledge and then, one by one, crossed the ladder to safety.

The cause of the wreck is puzzling since visibility was not a problem. Members of the crew reported they "plainly saw Portland Light before the disaster and are unable to account for same."

Today, letters painted on the rocks below the lighthouse commemorate the wreck and the Christmas Eve rescue.
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Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Interesting history!

12 Oct 2012 5:15am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting story. Great was that they were saved

12 Oct 2012 5:49am

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Excellent !
Plus the report and memory of the sad story...

12 Oct 2012 7:07am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. a place with history.

12 Oct 2012 7:36am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Interesting history

12 Oct 2012 7:38am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Interesting story with an interesting photo.

12 Oct 2012 7:52am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Awesome colours and touching text in the rock.

12 Oct 2012 8:28am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A lot of cold very saturated blues in this shot Ruth.

12 Oct 2012 9:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel rocher quelle couleur dans les tons bleus avec ces inscriptions sueprbe.

12 Oct 2012 9:27am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Interesting intro and a nice photo.

12 Oct 2012 9:33am

tataray from france, France

Attrayantes explications. Que de belles couleurs ici, magnifique)

12 Oct 2012 10:17am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Schöne Blautöne und eine Interessante Geschichte.

12 Oct 2012 11:00am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love these blue tones - and an intriguing piece of history!

12 Oct 2012 12:13pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great frame and dramatic story

12 Oct 2012 1:37pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Lovely blue tones, I like it a lot.

12 Oct 2012 1:59pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A great story of the wonderful rescue at this spot. Strange situation though, since they had clearly seen the light.

12 Oct 2012 2:03pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Un graffiti de 1886 ! Ce témoign-age est une véritable pièce de musée qui vaut son pesant d'or !
Bonne fin de semaine lumineuse !

12 Oct 2012 2:25pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Wonderful place with lot of history behind it! Nicely presented with good narration!

12 Oct 2012 3:03pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Interesting history place...nice frame.

12 Oct 2012 3:19pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Good capture Ruthie.

12 Oct 2012 3:27pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this commemorative sign. Very interesting account of the ship's demise.

12 Oct 2012 3:45pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Nice historic location; beautiful scene and photo!

12 Oct 2012 6:37pm

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Thanks for this story that relates to Argentine ship that capsized in 1886 and which retain the memory written on the stones. Great capture at sea rock with magical colors and light. A hug.

12 Oct 2012 7:12pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A very interesting story and beautiful photo. A very good framing.
Good evening.

12 Oct 2012 7:53pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fascinating history you give us with this superb image Ruthie

12 Oct 2012 8:16pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

Lovely blue shot

12 Oct 2012 8:19pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Fascinating story, Ruthie. Wow!

12 Oct 2012 8:58pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Thank you for the very informative background on this composition! I only wonder why Annie and her crew were out on their boat and not at home with family celebrating the holiday. Beautiful colors and great textures captured here!!

12 Oct 2012 9:02pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A fascinating story, hope they were successfully rescued to get some Christmas Turkey the following day.

12 Oct 2012 9:09pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great shot and interesting history !!! The saturated colors and light are fabulous ...

12 Oct 2012 9:21pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of this interesting historical tidbit.

12 Oct 2012 9:30pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Super shot, great bit of history as well

12 Oct 2012 9:33pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image. I like all blue tones. What an amazing story!

12 Oct 2012 9:56pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very interesting place, wonderfully colorful in your photo.

12 Oct 2012 10:51pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Lots of texture here-in the water and the rocks.

12 Oct 2012 11:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

well done

13 Oct 2012 1:12am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is a very interesting back story to this shot. Very nice.

13 Oct 2012 1:42am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is very cool.

13 Oct 2012 4:30am

Oiva from Turku, Finland

A great story, I like all the history of telling stories!:-)9Haleja.

Have a good weekend my friend!

13 Oct 2012 7:07am

franz from Baden, Austria

interesting info ... somehow escaped me when i was there !!!

13 Oct 2012 7:03pm