For years after the Rouse Simmons, aka the Christmas Ship, sank in 1912, the only evidence of the disaster was a message in a bottle, corked with part of a Christmas tree from its cargo.

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The message read:

"Friday ... everybody goodbye. I guess we are all through. During the night the small boat washed overboard. Leaking bad. Invald and Steve lost too. God help us."

A few years later, in 1924, the captain's wallet was found by fishermen.