Six Inches Per Hour

Found 17 June 1879, Tayport Harbour, Fife.

In a bottle:

In latitude 58.20 N.; in longitude 1.20 E. Three days without water; ship making 6 inches per hour; cargo shifted; intends to leave the ship the first opportunity. Mary Ann, Portsoy. John Cumming, mate. — 25/5/79.

The given coordinates suggest the Mary Ann was around 150 miles east of its home port of Portsoy.

[Dundee Evening Telegraph, 18 June 1879]

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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