Cold Ocean

Found 15 July 1896, on the shore near Hoylake, Merseyside.

In a bottle, on a scrap of paper:

Struck iceberg — sinking fast in cold ocean — Naronic — Young.

The White Star Line cargo steamship Naronic left Liverpool for New York on 11 February 1893. On board were 50 crew, 14 cattlemen, ten horsemen, and a cargo of livestock. The ship called at Point Lynas, Anglesey, but was never seen again. In March, the steamer Coventry spotted two of the Naronic’s empty lifeboats in an area with large quantities of ice, close to where the Titanic would later be sunk. Four other messages in bottles relating to the Naronic were found, but none could be proven to be genuine, and the ultimate fate of the vessel remains a mystery.

[Dundee Courier, 16 July 1896]

Author: Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK

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