Less than an hour later the ship struck the top of Alden’s Rock, tearing a hole in the engine compartment. Before the water quenched the boilers, Capt. Borland gave the order to steam directly for land.
He began by boiling down spruce sap on his parents wood stove in Bangor. Then he came down to Portland to try and sell it. Nobody much bit on his idea.
That’s when Helen moved to Boston, with no formal mechanical training, and embarked on her career as the 19th century’s most successful female inventor.
That night, blinding snow, hurricane-force winds and 40-foot seas blew up as two storms — one from the south and one from the west — joined forces in ravaging New England.
The only things the rebels didn’t take was their blue, Union uniforms.
But 25 miles out of Alexandria, near Dunn’s Bayou, they were ambushed by Confederate troops and artillery. The fighting lasted most of the day.
When he died in 1743, he willed a house, a barn, a wharf, land, furniture, livestock and a man named Cambridge to his family.
His trial commenced on the morning of June 4th. By suppertime, he’d been convicted. The next day, the judge sentenced him to hang.
She was very seasick, the whole way.
He began his long, ink-stained career as a printer’s apprentice at the old, daily Eastern Argus around 1872, when he was 14-years-old.