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Lost Three Men Overboard

Found 28 July 1883, Matagorda, Texas.

In a bottle on the beach:

The finder will report this. We are now in a sinking condition, with all our boats washed away and the pumps all stopped up. We are off Cuba. Lost three men overboard. We have no fresh water. On board of the ship Cape of Good Hope. Feb. 22. JOHN JOHNSON, Mate.

Matagorda is some 1,200 miles across the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba.

[New York Times, 29 July 1883]