In the Hands of Savages

Found November 1877, on the shore at Luce Bay, Wigtownshire

In a bottle, written in pencil on a piece of paper, the writing very much faded:

On the 29th April, 1876, the ship Herclades was wrecked on the extremity of Patagonia. Crew in the hands of savages. Bring us assistance, my God. Latitude 24, longitude 21. [indistinct] Sighted a vessel.

Wigtownshire is in south west Scotland, more than 7,000 miles from the South American region of Patagonia.

[Edinburgh Evening News, 3 November 1877]

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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