Laden With Paraffin

Found July 1867, in the Sound of Sleat, west coast of Scotland.

In a bottle, on a slip of paper torn from a pocket diary.

March, Thursday, 21. Sprung a leak in the Minch–ship Diana, of Hull, laden with paraffin; no hope; ship going down. Master, John Tod.

The Minch is a strait between the west coast of Scotland and the Western Isles, north of the Sound of Sleat. In April 1867, it was reported that several casks of paraffin had drifted ashore around the Sound of Sleat.

[Inverness Courier, 27 June 1867]

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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