Portland, ME Fire, Feb 1890



PORTLAND, Me., Feb. 5.--One of the most disastrous fires that has visited this city in many years occurred tonight. Three wharves and the buildings thereon were badly damaged. The fire started in M. P. Emery's building, on Brown's Wharf, used as a storehouse for hogheads, and is believed to have been incendiary. The flames shot across the passage way to J. H. Hamlin & Co's. cooper shop, which was destroyed, and then communicated to the Berlin Mills Wharf. At the lower end was a lumber shed in which Frank Dudley had 2,000,000 feet of pine lumber. This caught fire and is now burning like tinder. The flames were checked in this direction, but not until the Boston and Maine Railroad wharf had been considerably damaged. East of Brown's Wharf is Merchants' Wharf, and here the Portland Yacht Club's houses are located. This caught fire, as did also bonded warehouse 44, but the loss on the latter is slight. The clubhouse is badly burned. On Brown's Wharf, I. O. Whiting & Co. of Boston had a considerable quantity of molasses burned. The schooner Prescott Hazeltine, 366 tons, Capt. Kneeland, owned in Belfast by Calvin Harvey and others, lying at Brown's Wharf, bound for Point-u-Pitre, with three month's stores, was burned. She was located with shooks from J. H. Hamlin & Co. and lumber from Frank Dudley, which were entirely burned.

The New York Times, New York, NY 6 Feb 1890