The Annie C. Maguire

Annie C. Maguire was a British three-masted bark (barque), sailing from Buenos Aires on 24 December 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.  wikipedia

Unlike the day of this shipwreck, when we were at the Portland Head Lighthouse the fog was coming in, the waves were getting choppy and visibility was dropping.  More from this lighthouse later.

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  1. #1 by Dina on October 1, 2016 - 4:31 am

    Beautiful capture to frame the interesting story of The Annie C. Maguire.

  2. #3 by GP Cox on October 1, 2016 - 6:11 am

    History seems to be the theme today in the posts I’ve been reading – I love it!!

    • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on October 1, 2016 - 2:40 pm

      These little nuggets of history are great aren’t they?

      • #5 by GP Cox on October 1, 2016 - 3:07 pm

        You know me all too well – I HAVE to say yes to that!! 🙂

  3. #6 by Andy Oldham on October 1, 2016 - 7:16 am

    Very interesting! Thanks

  4. #8 by infraredrobert on October 1, 2016 - 7:56 am

    Interesting story and that after all these years people would still make an effort to “paint” a remembrance.

  5. #10 by milfordstreet on October 1, 2016 - 10:12 am

    I’ve never seen this. That is pretty cool. Great capture, Teri. Happy Weekend.

    • #11 by imagesbytdashfield on October 1, 2016 - 2:39 pm

      Never expected to see this when we were there. Thanks and Happy Weekend to you too!

  6. #12 by Globalresidence on October 1, 2016 - 10:18 am

    Lovely! The capture & the post! 😃

  7. #14 by Timothy Price on October 1, 2016 - 12:12 pm

    Perhaps it was the sirens sweetly singing that lured Capitan O’Neil too close to the rocks.

    • #15 by imagesbytdashfield on October 1, 2016 - 2:38 pm

      Or Mrs. O’Neil smacking the Captain for listening to the sirens 😉

  8. #16 by ChgoJohn on October 3, 2016 - 9:18 pm

    Such a long, arduous trip. No wonder they didn’t really know what happened. I doubt I’d know my name by then.

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