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]

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