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Shipments of Ice, 1874-1884

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Shipments of Ice, 1874-1884 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 7, page 217-218.

This list records monthly shipments of ice from 1874 to 1884.

Although ice was harvested exclusively during the winter months, shipment and delivery continued year-round.

In February 1880, news arrived that the ice crop on the Hudson River in New York had failed. Companies in Maine began cutting ice day and night. As many as 4,000 men and 350 horses worked on the Kennebec River that season, and Maine produced a total of 1.3 million tons of ice for the year.

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