'Bohemian' wreck deposition of pilot, Portland, 1864
Click on the image to zoom. Click and drag your mouse over the image to move it left or right. Use the small navigation window to select the area you wish to zoom on.
Pilot Benjamin J. Willard gave testimony about the February 22, 1864 when the steamer Bohemian crashed into ledge off Cape Elizabeth and 40 passengers and two crew members were killed. Authorities in Portland, which was the steamer's destination from Ireland and Liverpool, England, interviewed some crew and passengers to determine whether the captain was at fault and what led to the deaths of the passengers.