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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.