Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.7

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

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Letters between the Grey Guard and Sandbrook Council dated June 1842

June 17th 1842
To the esteemed Sandbrook Council,

The Council continues to poke its unwanted nose into the recent trade between our houses. We wish to remind you of article OB354A which refrains Councillors from investigating or reporting upon House business without prior approval. Further doing so would be inadvisable to avoid incident.

See to it we do not need to inform you twice lest you forget our recently departed Council member Brindley.

In His name, Our Dear Friend.

Grey Guard


June 18th 1842
Our Dear Friend.

From Councillor Von Hapsburg, Sandbrook Council.

A thousand apologies over the misunderstanding of our recent investigatory work involving the Harbour worker Frederick Samuel and Captain Walter Smithson. Our investigations have been following allegations of bribery and corruption amongst those working in the Harbour. I will see to it personally that this matter is forgotten.

May His light shine upon us all in time.


Undated hastily scrawled letter with redactions.

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Faded redacted letter found under a destroyed building after the war, the redactions have faded over time due to water seepage.


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.5

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

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The Northern Co-operative Daily News -3p- 28th July 1842

Donations required to the Sandbrook Camp for the Destitute, Lost and Insane

The camp 2

Funds required for improvements and upkeep to our Camp for the destitute, lost and insane. Recent numbers of orphans and destitute from the Western War have meant an increased need for food, clothes and general goods for the needy. Please donate directly to Sir Reginald French, C/O Sandbrook Camp.

The camp

ALL DONATIONS GREATLY RECIEVED IN EARNEST

 


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.4

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

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A telegram from Captain Walter Smithson to Councillor Von Hapsburg

ATTN: Councillor Von Hapsburg. Sandbrook. 01st August 1842

TRIP ARDOUS. HOPE RECIEVED TELEGRAMS. NEW INDUCTION TELEGRAPH UNRELIABLE. LOOK FORWARD TO RETURN AND FOOD. APPROACHING 8 TO 10 AUGUST. TRADING SUPPLIES FROM NORTH GONE WELL. FULL ITINERY, INVENTORY AND PORT REPORT ON ARRIVAL. TROUBLE IN VERMONTH AGAIN. REBELS. DOCK FREE DESPITE HEIGHTENED SECURITY. DELIVERY OF VERMONTH VON HAPSBURGS CARGO ACHIEVED WITHOUT INCIDENT. SEND WELL WISHES. ARRIVING AUTUMN FOR HARVEST RITES. CAPTAIN WALTER SMITHSON.


Page ripped out from Captains Walter Smithson’s Log book dated August 1st 1842

Been away a long time from Mina, no reply from letters whilst in port – maybe the husband has found out about us? He is a shady fellow and I don’t trust him one bit.

New cargo from Vermonth confusing, possibly alive? Movement in cargo hold scares the men – could be rat infestation, can’t wait to get back home again. Have sent telegrams back to port, hopefully arrive sooner than later. The sooner we pull in for repairs the better – the ship has seen better days.

First officer Simkind ill, has bite mark on shoulder from something. Has fever. Doctor on board treating well though and First Navigator Puolson taking post.

Page is too water soaked to read remainder, Dr. Koppsleton, Incident Researcher

 


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.2

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

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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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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.1

This is an unsorted series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook in 1842, posted as and when researchers uncover and confirm the reliability of said items.

Part 1:

Obituary:

Inquisitor Stoic, died age 56

Famed Inquisitor Stoic sadly passed away on duty on 14th August 1842 during the SS Sandbrook fire, aged 56 years. His funeral takes place at Armsworth Cemetry at 12 noon on Friday 29th August 1842.

Inquisitor Stoic rose quickly through the ranks of government via the police force. First as humble footman, investigator and then via the secret services to Inquisitor. His father was an investigator, his father’s father an investigator and before that, the famous bank robber ‘Stoic the Red’. He is the first in his house to rise into the ranks of the Royal House.

Inquisitor Stoic was strong willed and fast to act, a true beacon for us all. We all owe him a great deal of debt and wish him a safe and peaceful passing into the next life.

Donations if wished to the Royal House Legion.

Enquiries to B. Sergeant & Son, Armsworth.


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