On An Island Somewhere

Found 1 April 1899, Stanwell Park, New South Wales, Australia.

In a bottle:

Oct. 26 1898. – Schooner Warfa, Capt. Johnson, from Dunedin, N.Z., wrecked in about latitude 32, longitude 47. All hands lost but one. Am on an island somewhere off the coast of New South Wales.

The Warfa left Dunedin in September 1898 on an “inter-island trading expedition” with a crew of nineteen. Nothing was heard of the vessel until this message was found six month later. The sender and sole survivor did not sign his name, and it was reported that “all who had friends on board have joined in sending an expedition to search for him.”

[Indianapolis Journal, 21 May 1899]

Author: Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK

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