Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.6

 

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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The Daily Bugle, clipping, Date unknown

…The ‘Ghost ship’ sighted off the Northern Isle over the past few days has intrigued locals. Lighthouse keeper Paulis Norman commented that it had appeared on Thursday morning and sat eerily still ever since. No known rocky outcrops have been reported on an otherwise well travelled shipping route. The ship itself appears to be ghostly, with no visible sails and casting a dark shadow as the sun rises. Mr. Norman states the ship may have found itself in trouble and off course following a recent storm. Sailors are reminded to ensure ships are fully fitted with life boats in the event of an emergency on board – especially as we run into Autumn…

The Daily Bugle, clipping, Date unknown

… Captain found lashed to the wheel, his face distorted in a cry of anguish. Mrs. Gorth, who found the shipwreck early this morning had to be recovered from the scene after fainting. The local investigators have called in the experts, but cannot explain why so few are onboard except that they must have thrown themselves off deck to escape the raging fire. Below deck have been cordoned off to the public – but our sources have reported broken coffin like crates and signs of crazed scratch marks from some mad animal or animals. The Captain’s quarters are also jammed shut as if barricaded from the other side – a strange octopus logo marked in wax over the keyhole. More on this as the story unfolds!


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.3

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

3

The Daily Royal -5p- 05th August 1842

visit sandbrook 1Sandbrook town
A review by our travel critic – Reginald Johnson

Sandbrook is a relatively small Northern border town on the edge of the sea, frequently foggy and dank, the Town Council run the town with the aid of local nobility. Often the cause of much rumour and speculation, the Council seem to have been elderly for years, with nepotism and strange ritual rife within politics. The town itself is mostly insular with what few public houses exist being especially unfriendly to anyone but locals who carry a thick Northern farming accent.

There is an old church in the centre of the village which is mostly locked up and deserted, however the grounds are nice and usually well kept by the caretaker. Clearly religion has been lost on these poor souls who shuffle about town through the mist and fog.

Notable tourist spots:

The fish market: an assortment of unusual catch is on display, be sure to get there early!

The Harbour: when the, albeit few and far between, ships come into harbour through the morning fog it can be quite charming. There is a good hot drink and snack seller who serves the local fisherman fried squid and hot tea. He also keeps a flask of warm rum if you are in need of a pick me up for a modest fee.

The North Island: an uninhabited island just off the coast of the harbour. Good walking routes and some unusual and strange animals and birds to be found. You will need to charter one of the boats from the harbourmaster.

The museum: Sandbrook Museum has a wealth of strange and unusual items on display, many acquired from the Northern provinces. Many items of the occult, ancient items and strange weapons to be seen. Worth a visit, even if the curator is a little difficult.

Notable industries:

Farming, fishing and trading.

Worth a visit?
Pass on through Sandbrook to Jameston and beyond for far better day and night life, or take a ship to the Northern Kingdoms, if you must. It would probably be better to stay on the North Island than stay in the town itself overnight!

visit sandbrook 2

 


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.2

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

2

The Daily Royal -5p- 14th August 1842

Tragedy on board!

 

Catastrophe struck the trading ship SS Sandbrook today as plumes of smoke and fire billowed out from the engines. A catastrophic engine failure seems to have hit sometime in the early hours of the night.

Reports of foul play though have merged with a scrambled SOS giving reports of a robed person seen fleeing the engine room just before the explosion happened. This comes as another instalment of the hapless ship has also had reports of unusual activity both on and off ship including most recently reports of strange items being found in the cargo bays that later disappeared!

Old newspaper print showing large fire on a steamship

An awful day!

More on this as it comes! Our thoughts and wishes are to the relatives and friends of the victims of this horrible incident.


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