Found 20 February 1884, near the High Level Bridge on the River Tyne.
In a bottle, written in lead pencil on rough and dirty paper:
11 Mary Terras, Middlsbro, England.
Lord come and save us poor shipwrecked seafaring men. No provision left. Are starving to death. If you don’t pick us up very soon will see dear ones no more. Captain, mate, and all drowned, but me, and Jim Rower and Pat Kelly.
Me last love to my wife Mary Anne and the bairns.
Brig Jane, Clifford, Capt.
Thom. Little has written this.
[Shields Daily News, 21 February 1884]