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The Sea is Offal Heavy

Found October 1892, Broadsea, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

In a bottle:

Oct. 7th, 1892.–At Se.–Smack Prince Wales.–Dear Mother.–We R lying to in a horaken of wind of Orknes, and the sea is offal heavy. Harly posabel to us to live in it. If I never see you anie mor God will provid for you. The two other men is keeping up with a good harth; love to all from your son, CHARLES GILBERTSON.

Newspapers called this misspelled message a “characteristic letter”.

[Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 15 October 1892]