FINDING THE WRECK OF THE DRUMMOND CASTLE
The London correspondent of the “Scotsman” says the story of how the wreck of the Drummond Castle was discovered is a very curious one, and has not yet been communicated to the public.
It will be remembered that for some time the precise spot on which the ship disappeared on the fateful night was a matter of uncertainty. Sir Donald Currie offered a substantial reward for discovery of the actual existence of the wreck. One day Masson, the Breton fisherman, who rescued the two sole survivors of the crew, was out fishing when be thought he caught a whiff of oil coming down with the wind. He followed up the clue, and came upon a space of sea on which oil was floating. He shrewdly concluded this came from the engine-room of the wreck. Getting his anchor overboard he tacked about, dragging it to and fro till at length it stuck fast in something. Hauling it up, Mason brought away a lot of rigging. Mr. Mirrilies, Sir Donald Curries son-in-law and partner, accompanied him the next day on further quest, with the result that they hauled up what proved to be the foretop of the wreck. The chart showed that the hull lay in sixty fathoms of water, a depth which made hopeless all endeavour to float it, or save any of the cargo. In spite of rumours to the contrary, no attempt in that direction will be made.
Source: Skegness Herald 28th August 1896