Eastport, ME Hurricane, Oct 1869



Great Destruction of Property and Life.


Fearful Hurricane at Eastport---The Town in Ruins---Terrible Loss of Life---A Large Number of Vessels Wrecked---The Swift River Freshet---Immense Destruction of Property.

EASTPORT, Me. Oct. 5, via BANGOR, Me., Oct. 9.----This town was visited by a fearful hurricane last night, vessels, wharves, stores, and fish-houses were smashed to atoms. Great quantities of fish and oil were destroyed.

The steamer New-York narrowly escaped loss with all on board. She was driven ashore and lost both anchors and her rudder. Many of the merchants here have lost all their property. The heaviest losers are J & S Griffin, $10,000; E. W. French $6,000 and J. S. Pearce. J. & S. Griffin lost their vessels, fish and storehouses. Mr. Pearce lost his store and all the stock. E. W. French had vessels wrecked and stores and wharves washed away. Most of the fishing vessels are in pieces.

EASTPORT, Oct. 6, via BANGOR, Oct. 9.---Twenty-seven vessels are ashore in Rumney's Bay. The schooners Romp and Percy were badly damaged. The schooner Rio was lost in St. Andrew's Bay, with all on board. A bark, at New River, was lost with all on board---seventeen in number. Grand Menan is swept, with all the wiers[sic] and smokehouses. The towns of Lubec, Pembroke and Percy lose heavily. Houses and barns were blown down.

This tornado is worse for Eastport than the great fire. The vessels ashore are the Sarah, Convoy, Empress, Ward, Boston, Burns, Bob, Starlight, Belle, M. J. Laughton, Speedwell, Debonaire, Margie, Willie, Moire, and others. The Convoy, Speedwell, Commodore, and some others, are complete wrecks. The revenue Mosswood was disabled at the beginning of the storm, and could render no assistance. All the smokehouses are down, and the smoked herring and oil are lost. The loss cannot be less than $500,000. A large part of the town is a perfect wreck.

LEWISTON, Me., Oct.9.---The Evening Journal has a report of a great freshet on Swift River, in Oxford County, showing a rise of thirty-six feet in twelve hours in that stream, which is a tributary of the Androscoggin. The improvements of the Lewiston Steam Mill Company, for lumbering operations, were destroyed, and their large dam swept away. Scores of inter-vale farms were covered several feet deep with sand. Numerous houses and barns were demolished. The people barely escaped with their lives, and with the children in their arms, to the mountains. The farmers living on the river are impoverished and homeless.

The New York Times, New York, NY 10 Oct 1869