Gone Down in the Bay of Biscay

Found 12 August 1861, Lamlash Bay, Isle of Arran.

In a bottle:

Gone down in the Bay of Biscay, the screw-steamer Hiero. Have taken to the boats but don’t expect to see land again. May the Lord have mercy on us! — John Sorston, First Mate, July 17, 1861.

There is no record of the Hiero in Lloyd’s Register, suggesting it was a small vessel of under 100 tonnes.

[Dundee Courier, 21 August 1861]

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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