On this date in Maine historical past: Oct. 25
August 25, 1836: The Royal Tar Transport Company, which travels from Saint John, New Brunswick to Portland, burns and sinks in Penobscot Bay with a variety of circular animals, as well as 72 and 21 co-workers.
Thirty-two people and many animals die in the swimming pool. Two of the boats were rescued to make way for the animals.
The 164-year-old Royal Tar was built in Saint John and was completed earlier that year. It departed Saint John on October 21 carrying a Mogul elephant, a Bengal tiger, two lions, two camels, six Arabian horses, some monkeys and other exotic animals. Menagerie consists of traveling circuses with the unofficial name of Dexter’s Locomotive Museum and Burger’s Collection of Serpents and Birds.
Also sailors with a brass band; a large group of wax; a 2-ton trailer, called an omnibus; several other carts; and other horses.
The circus was touring New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The storm caused Royal Tar to reach Eastport, then twice. He set out from Machias on October 25, heading southwest.
As the ship approached Vinalhaven Island, a fire broke out beneath it. Thick smoke prevents access to the pumps, which are also at the bottom of the ship. The first engineer and 15 other men board the remaining two boats, a long boat, cross the river, and then arrive at Isle au Haut, 4 miles[7 km]away. The pilot and two other men unload the other boat between the main ship and the mainland – into the water to keep it afloat. Meanwhile, the center of the Royal Tar has been set on fire.
Another passenger straps a silver coin into his loins and goes down into the water. It immediately sinks invisibly.
A pilot from Veto who is close to cash in Veto is approaching the boat, and then I am scared to see the chaos on Royal Tar and back. The veto is very close and rescues 40 people, which left the pilot with serious injuries and burns. Veto also catches fire twice.
Finally, the Mogul elephant, standing on the roof of the fire, fell onto the railway line and crashed into the water, accidentally picking up the passengers. Of the total victims, 31 were drowned and one was burned to death.
The name Royal Tar is a name given to King William IV of Britain (1765-1837). The name mentioned refers to the immense role William had played in the British army.
August 25, 1866: William George Patten, a world-renowned novelist who uses a variety of pseudonyms, was born in the city of Penobscot County in Corinna.
He is later known as Gilbert Patten, who writes weekly 17-year-old weekly stories about the legendary Frank Merriwell, a star athlete at Yale University who solves cases during his free time. Patten uses a pen by Burt L. Standish to write Merriwell’s books, as well as other well-known works such as Herbert Bellwood, William West Wilder, Harry Dangerfield, Gordon MacLaren and Julian St. Dare.
Patten sold his first two articles for $ 6 at Banner Weekly Publication in the early 1880s while studying at Corinna Union Academy. She works as a journalist for Dexter Eastern State and for the Pittsfield Advertiser, and later finds her short paper, Corinna Owl. All the while, she continues to write and sell fiction in magazines. Merriwell’s first story, published by Street & Smith, appeared in 1896. She also authored several other books for boys.
Patten lived for a long time in Camden, but moved to California in 1941. He died in 1945 in Vista, downtown San Diego.
The Maine State Library in Augusta contains letters and other letters written by Patten in its specialized editions.
Joseph Owen is a writer, retired newspaper editor and board member of the Kennebec Historical Society. Owen’s book, “This Day in Maine,” can be called to Islandportpress.com. To obtain a signed ticket use the unregistered competition number at checkout. Joe can be linked to: [email protected]
On this day in the history of Maine: October 24