'Caleb Cushing' handcuffs, key, Portland, ca. 1860

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Confederate raiders sailed a stolen fishing boat into Portland harbor on June 26, 1863, then seized the revenue cutter Caleb Cushing, intending to return to harbor and burn several gun boats under construction. They put the revenue cutter's crew in handcuffs.

Unable to escape, they set fire to the Caleb Cushing, they put the crew they had captured on a small boat. The crew was rescued and the handcuffs removed from one of them are pictured.

The Rebels were captured and taken to Fort Warren in Boston Harbor.

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About This Item

  • Title: 'Caleb Cushing' handcuffs, key, Portland, ca. 1860
  • Creator: Fitzwilliam & Son, UK
  • Creation Date: circa 1860
  • Subject Date: circa 1860
  • Media: Iron
  • Local Code: TO68
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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