Sunday, July 3, 2011

River Tyne Ferry at Jarrow

This old postcard shows the Jarrow Ferry C.M.Palmer, one of two Edwardian ferries that carried workers across the Tyne between Jarrow and Howden. She was built in 1884 and sank in 1916 under extraordinary circumstances that you can read about here 

The card was posted in Durham on 1st. December 1916 (I think, the postmark isn't too clear) , to Mr. Brookfield, 154 Industry Road, Darnall, Sheffield and carries a somewhat cryptic message:

This is the ferry that went down last week. Got yours. I sent you a letter on Tuesday mrning didn't you get it? Hope all are well. We are fairly except H. he is off the [can't read this word]. He saw the sight on Monday in flames. Best love to all Connie.

I wonder what was in flames?

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