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The Times, Thursday, Mar 01, 1866; pg. 9; Issue 25434; col G

 
THE LOSS OF THE LONDON. – The following translation of part of a letter from the Commissary-General of Marine at Lorient has been received by the Secretary of Lloyd’s from Sir Anthony PERRIER, C.B., Her Majesty’s Consul and Lloyd’s agent at Brest: - “On the 12th of February last three bottles were found on the coasts of Quiberon and Loomariaquer, containing six papers written in English, as follows: - The first paper. – ‘D. W. LEMMON. – London, Thursday 10th January, 1866. – The ship is sinking – no hope of being saved. Dear Parents, may God bless you, as also me, with the hope of eternal salvation.’ Second paper. – ‘Steamship London, they are putting out the boats.’ Third paper. – ‘F. G. HUCKSTEP. – On board the steamship London, lat. 46 20, long. 7 30; lost boats, masts, and sails; ship leaking.’ Fourth paper. – ‘We commenced our voyage on Saturday, 30th Dec., 1865. Sunday, in the Channel; Monday, in open sea; Tuesday, ditto; Wednesday, at Cowes; Thursday, at Plymouth; Friday and Saturday, at sea; Sunday, bad weather; Monday, water from the stern comes into the cabins; the 9th, heavy damages; a boat lost. May we get home! Storm. – H. G.’ Fifth paper. – ‘F. C. McMILLAN, of Launceston, Tasmania, 11th of January, 1866, to his dear wife and dear children. May God bless you all! Farewell for this world. Lost in the steamship London, bound for Melbourne.’ Sixth paper. – ‘H. J. DENIS to Jh. Denis KNIGHT, at Great Shelford. – Adieu father, brothers, and sisters and my .. Edi .. .. Steamer London, Bay of Biscay, Thursday, 10 o’clock. – Ship too heavily laden for its size, and too crank; windows stove in – water coming in everywhere. God bless my poor orphans. Request to send this paper, if found, to Great Shelford. Storm not too violent for a ship in good condition.’ On the same day were found on the shoals of Quiberon a binnacle watch, stopped at half-past 10 o’clock, a woman’s shift, two cotton sheets, two splinters of wood, having on them in white letters six centimetres (2½ inches) long the word ‘London.’ A great quantity of staves have been picked up along the coast. In compliance with instructions from the Minister of Marine the above-mentioned papers have been sent to the Minister of Marine and Colonies.”