Boston Harbor, MA – July 4, 1888

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  


Boston, MA – July 9, 1862

Boston, Massachusetts – July 9, 1862


    old balloon At about 7:00 p.m. on the evening of July 9, 1862, a balloon named the “Star Spangled Banner” piloted by Samuel A. King, ascended from the Boston Common with four passengers aboard.  Once aloft it was unexpectedly blown seaward, and then fell at a rapid rate to the water.  The gondola was dragged through the water of Boston Harbor as several boats gave chase in an attempt to rescue its occupants.  One steam powered boat, the Huron, managed to catch up and rescue the aeronauts after securing a line to the balloon.  Once the men were safely aboard, the line snapped, and the now empty balloon shot up into the sky and disappeared in the clouds.


     The New York Herald, “Ascension Of The Great Balloon “Star Spangled Banner” From Boston Common – Peril Of The Aeronauts”, July 11, 1862     



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