Carnatic – 1869
The P&O steamer Carnatic, 1700 tons, was wrecked on 13th September 1869 of Shawan Island in the Gulf of Suez, while outward bound for India. The ship struck at 1am on Monday 13th September, in calm water.
Although close to land the ship's company remained on board all the following day, until about 1am on Tuesday 14th the Carnatic sank suddenly with considerable loss of life, 15 Europeans and 15 Natives. Some of the mail bags were recovered by divers on the 24th October.
Salvaged mail from shipwrecks makes for an interesting collection. Link…