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Clinging to the Mast

Found 15 March 1897, on beach between Hartlepool and Seaton Carew.

On a piece of strong paper:

Foundered off Holy Isle, the S.S. Elsie. Six lives lost. Four survivors clinging to the mast…

The remainder of the message was torn away, with only a single further word visible: “soon”. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the Northumberland coast, around 80 miles north of the beach where the message was found.

[Hartlepool Mail, 16 March 1897]