Transcribed article on the loss of The Elysium, 18 July 1888, The Manchester Guardian
PRIDE OF MAYFIELD STAR LINES BEACHED IN DEVESTATING STORM ALL HANDS LOST AT SEA AS THE ELYSIUM CRASHES
In a turn of events that can only be described as catastrophic, the Mayfield Star Lines commercial steamer The Elysium grounded herself yesterday on rocks one half mile from the extremities of the South Coast. The Elysium was carrying a cargo of valuable metals, including ingots of gold, as well as a quantity of industrial machine parts for the cotton trade and a confidential cargo being transported under government warrant. Captain T. A. Solomon, the ship’s skipper, as well as the rest of the eight man crew were reported as being lost at sea to the coastguard’s office in the early hours of the morning. Salvage rights are already being contested by several local agencies. Mystery surrounds the circumstances of the wrecking, as no storm warning was issued in that sector, and weather conditions were described as calm.
Despite speculation as to the secret nature of the government cargo, Whitehall has refused to comment on the nature of the artifact or artifacts. Crew records left at Mortimer House suggest the cargo may have been a statue, possibly of some value. Several eye witnesses to the disaster describe the figure of a woman emerging from the wreckage, one going so far to suggest she resembled an angel in appearance, but such reports have been dismissed as wild fancy.
The Elysium was launched in Manchester last year by The Princess Helena and was a veteran of over thirty voyages. The value of the lost gold ingots has been estimated at over one thousand pounds.