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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16 Responses to The Annie C. Maguire

  1. Dina says:

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

  2. GP Cox says:

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

  3. Andy Oldham says:

    Very interesting! Thanks

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

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

  6. Lovely! The capture & the post! 😃

  7. Timothy Price says:

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

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    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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