Forgive Me for What I Have Done

Found 1 June 1889, off the Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

In a small glass bottle:

19th May, 1856–To Mrs Clunas, Burns Lane, Lerwick, Shetland.–Whaler Yoular. About my last hour. Forgive me for what I have done. May we all meet in Heaven. John Clunas, Grimt.

Discovered while hauling in nets by the crew of the fishing boat Isabella Reid, the message was passed to the superintendent of customs.

Strangely, another message from a J Clunas with a reference to Lerwick, Shetland was found in 1897.

[Aberdeen Evening Express, 3 June 1889]

Author: Paul Brown

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

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