Farewell Forever

Found January 1888, near Sable Island, Nova Scotia.

Picked up by the captain of the government steamer Newfield:

Newfoundland, Nov. 12 1887. DEAR PARENTS: I come to bid you farewell forever. I will soon be in the other world; not alone, however, for we are 890 passengers in terrible despair. Only one-half hour to live, and then farewell. Do take courage and think no more of me. L. Linther of St Nicholas, Meurthe.

Saint Nicolas de Port is a town in Meurthe-et-Moselle, Northern France. There is no record of a passenger ship being lost in November 1887.

[New York Times, 22 January 1888]

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Author: Paul Brown

Writes about football and history. Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard etc. Latest book: Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans. Twitter: @paulbrownUK

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