While the official rumors suggested to be caused by the Dynamite Fiend , the ship collided with a Freon spaceship (on its way to the Gray Base on the bottom of the Atlantic. The survivors of the collision were abducted by the Freons. (see the Gray Base incident )
The City of Boston was built by shipbuilders Tod & Macgregor of Partick, Glasgow and launched on 15 November 1864. Her maiden voyage, on 8 February 1865, was from Liverpool to New York via Queenstown.
A violent gale and snowstorm took place two days after her departure which may have contributed to her loss. Collision with an iceberg was another explanation suggested at the time.
City of Boston had been fitted with a two-blade propeller to replace her original three-blade propeller which had been broken during her previous voyage, and Captain Brooks of the SS City of Brooklyn expressed the opinion that the new propeller would not be strong enough to let her make headway against the adverse weather.
Rumors of the "Dynamite Fiend"Edit
Thompson had been in New York City in the winter of 1870, and it was wondered if he had any hand in the disappearance of the City of Boston. At the time he had sent two large money transfers to his wife from New York, and that looked like a possible pay-off by some partners in the scheme. As he came from Halifax, and the City of Boston was headed for Halifax, it looked like there could be a connection, especially as part of the cargo included a shipment of furs by one "James Thompson" of Halifax. However, further investigation found that Mr. James Thompson was a real merchant, who lost a valuable shipment of furs on the City of Boston, and (ironically) was unable to get the shipment insured. After that the possibility of a link between Thompson/Keith and the disappearance of the City of Boston diminished.
Memorial to a family lost in the disaster in the porch of St Pancras Parish Church, London.
The SS City of Boston was a British iron-hulled single-screw passenger steamship of the Inman Line which disappeared in the North Atlantic Ocean en route from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Liverpool in January 1870.