A Cargo of Cotton

Found 26 August 1866, Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire.

In a bottle:

Ship City of New York. Sailed 6th December with a cargo of cotton, bound for Granton. Went out of her course 13th Jan. Boats all lost. Ship going down. God have mercy on our souls. — GEORGE ADAMS, carpenter.

Picked up by a gardener at the 16th century Slains Castle, more than a hundred miles north of the City of New York’s stated destination of Granton, Edinburgh. An Inman passenger liner also named City of New York was reported safe.

[Shields Daily Gazette, 1 September 1866]

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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