New England Storm, Mar 1854
new england storm mar 1854
The Destructive Gate---Its Effects at the East.
Our exchanges from those sections of the country over which the gale of Friday and Saturday last passed with severity, come to us with long accounts of damages sustained. The following in addition to what we have already published, is gleaned from the Eastern papers:
The storm took a very wide range, At Calais, Me., the roads were blocked up with snow-drifts, and the Western mail coach was compelled to return after starting on Saturday. At St. John, N. B., the steamer Admiral was detained. At Eastport several chimneys were blown down. At Bangor the roads were drifted with snow. At Portland it was wind and sleet. The depot at the Bath junction was blown over upon the track, and the telegraph wires were broken.
The unroofing of the great railroad depot at Springfield is described of wind force. The cars had just left for Hartford, and were just coming in from New-York, when about 300 feet of the roof was lifted off and scattered about in the streets, crushing several adjacent roofs, and demolishing carriages, &c., but fortunately no lives were lost.
The large coffee factory of Fox & Co., in Springfield, was competely demolished, and several other buildings destroyed.
The depot of the Concord Railroad at Portsmouth, N. H., was partly torn down by the wind.
In Waltham, the car-house of the Fitchburg Railroad Company, 70 feet in length, was totally demolished.
In Fitchburg, the large brick engine-house, belonging to the Fitchburg and Worcester Railroad Company, was blown over with a tremendous crash, a portion of the brick work staving through the gas building adjoining, demolishing the gasometer, causing the gas to escape so that it will be impossible to light the place to-night. There were no persons in either building at the time.
A top of one of the railroad bridges on the Boston and Fitchburg Road, was taken by the wind, and carried a la balloon, some distance from the birdge.
A new two-story wooden building, unoccupied, located near the Catholic Church, in Fitchburg, was blown down. Nearly all the houses in the vicinity had to be propped up to keep them from being levelled.
Some of the streets of Fitchburg, this morning, it is said, were almost black with slates, blown from the tops of houses.
In Pepperell, a house was blown down, containing nine persons, and, singular to record, not one of them was injured.
In Ashland, a new three-story frame building, 60 by 40 feet, not quite completed, belonging to Leland & Co., shoe manufacturers, was levelled to the ground.
At South Reading, a coal shed was turned over, which fell upon the Eastern telegraph line, demolishing it for some distance. The shed took fire from sparks of an engine, and caused an alarm of fire.
On the Eastern road the wind was so high that the cars could scarcely make head against it, while on the Fitchburg road the conductor could not pass from car to car.
At Groton Junction the side of a brick building, occupied by a blacksmith, was blown in.
One or two very ludicrous scenes occurred on Warren bridge, Boston. A cartman, with a load of empty hogsheads, attempted to pass over into Charlestown, but when about midway, a gust of wind relieved him of half his number. A peddler followed, and the same ceremony was taken with a very large quantity of his tin ware; and strange to add, a second peddler, who had seen the fate of his brother tradesman, ventured to cross, but as profited not by others' experience, he learnt from his own that he had lost nearly half his load. The dock presented a beautiful mixture of floating kegs, tin kitchens, pans and pails.
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