Message from SS Ripple

Production date
Aug 1924
Current rights
Public Domain
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Brief Description
A torn piece of waxed brown paper with the following words written in tar: Ripple gone down near Castlepoint with all hands Nicholson. The message was believed to have been written in tar using a stick and was found in a bottle floating in the ocean near Gisborne in 1925. Whether the note is genuine is as yet unverified however Captain Thomas Nicholson was the Chief Officer of the SS Ripple, a coastal steamer that was lost at sea after leaving Wellington on 6 August 1924. The ship was owned by Richardson & Company Limited of Napier.
Production date
Aug 1924
Production period
Media/Materials description
Tar on waxed paper
Height x Width: 200 x 214mm
Subject person
Subject period
Subject date
Aug 1924
Credit line
gifted by Tauranga Heritage Collection (Tauranga City Council)
Other number(s)
2021/16, 98989
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