Boston Harbor, Massachusetts – July 4, 1888
At 6 p.m. on the evening of July 4, 1888, a balloon rose from the Boston Common and drifted eastward over the harbor where it unexpectedly came down in the water not far from an area of land known as Point Shirley, which is located in the neighboring town of Winthrop. A strong wind was blowing, and the occupants of the balloon were dragged for three miles through the choppy waters until rescued by the crew of a steam powered yacht identified as the Rose G.
A newspaper account stated, “After much trouble the party were taken aboard and all were safely brought to the city. The journey was a most perilous one, and the escape from death of the excursionists almost miraculous.”
The names of the balloon’s occupants weren’t given.
Source: The Indianapolis Journal, (Indiana), “Aeronauts In Peril”, July 6, 1888