Cape Elizabeth in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Annie C. McGuire Shipwreck Memorial
Location. 43° 37.395′ N, 70° 12.459′ W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Off Shore Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Portland Head Light-Fort Williams Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portland Head Light (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Eagle-56 (PE-56) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 400 feet away); Fort Williams (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Williams (about 600 feet away); A Town Within A Town (about 600 feet away); CCC Headquarters (about 600 feet away); Battery Blair (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
Regarding Annie C. McGuire Shipwreck Memorial. Annie C. Maguire
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Name: Annie C. Maguire
General characteristics 
Tonnage: 1,363 tons
Length: 188 ft (57 m)
Annie C. Maguire was a British three-masted bark, sailing from Buenos Aires on 24 December 1886, when she struck the ledge at Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Lighthouse Keeper Joshua Strout, his son, wife, and volunteers rigged an ordinary ladder as a gangplank between the shore and the ledge the ship was heeled against. Captain O'Neil, the ship's master, his wife, two mates and the nine-man crew clambered onto the ledge and then, one by one, crossed the ladder to safety.
The cause of the wreck is puzzling since visibility was not a problem. Members of the crew reported they "plainly saw Portland Light before the disaster and are unable to account for same."
Today, letters painted on the rocks below the lighthouse commemorate the wreck and the Christmas Eve rescue
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.