Out in an Open Boat

Found February 1881, on the sands near Fleetwood, Lancashire.

In a bottle:

Brig Louisa went down yesterday. Only survivors two men out in an open boat somewhere off the coast of Ireland. Help us, for God’s sake. Amen.

[Shields Gazette, 14 February 1881]


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

2 thoughts on “Out in an Open Boat”

    1. Thanks Ana. Part of the difficulty in identifying vessels is that there were often several with the same name. So while it’s possible this was the same vessel, the time gap between your reference in 1801 and the message being found in 1881 suggests it might have been a different brig.


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