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We Are In Great Distress

Found 5 March 1861, at South Shields.

In an oil bottle, written in pencil on a parchment leaf from a pocket book:

Feb 8, 1861. Brig Juno, of Yarmouth. Dear Friends. — We are in great distress. We have been working at the pumps night and day. When you find this card we are no more. Our fore and main masts are gone. — J.F.

The Dublin Evening Packet published this message under the headline “Melancholy Intelligence”.

[Dublin Evening Packet, 8 March 1861]