No Sight of Land

Found April 1890, on Blatchington Beach, near Newhaven.

In a bottle, a letter:

Brig Elfrida, Captain Jones, left Glasgow April 12th, 1890.
Saturday, 19th, all sinking, no sight of land.
TOM SMITH, 40, Fellgate, Edinburgh.
Good Bye.

Elfrida was the first crowned Queen of England, as the wife of Anglo-Saxon King Edgar. There is no further record of the brig named after her.

[Braford Daily Telegraph, 26 April 1890]

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I Now Have Five Minutes

Found May 1895, Yarmouth.

In a bottle, written in pencil on a rough piece of paper:

April 20.
I have now five minutes to let you know we have taken to the boat, trusting we shall be picked up. Good-bye.
Frank Click, Petrel, Peterhead.

It was reported that the Petrel was a fishing boat.

[Exmouth Journal, 18 May 1895]

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The Barque Grotesque

Found May 1881, South Ronaldsay, Orkney.

In a bottle, written in pencil:

Foundering in North Sea, with twenty men on board, the barque Grotesque, on 7th March.

This message in a bottle was picked up on the shore by a fisherman. No further record can be found of the barque Grotesque.

[Shields Daily News, 20 May 1881]

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