Chateau Latour

Liverpool shipwreck bottle of wine may keep its secrets in auction

SS Dakota

By Peter Elson - Liverpool Daily Post

A tantalising mystery surrounds a  bottle of wine about to be auctioned  after lying lost in the wreck of a  Liverpool liner for 121 years.

If the bottle’s provenance as one of  the celebrated 1870s Chateau Latour  wines is proven, it would have a value  of about £15,000.

But if not, it is likely to be sold for a  more sober £250, at the sale next  Wednesday.

The bottle is one of 12 salvaged from  the wreck of the Liverpool & Great  Western Steam Navigation’s SS  Dakota.

The Victorian liner set sail from   Liverpool for New York on a fine  evening on May 9, 1877.

While sailing two miles off  Anglesey at 9.30pm, an officer’s  order to change direction was  misunderstood by Dakota’s  helmsman.
Instead of turning right and  steaming further out to sea, the  helmsman turned left.

Realising the blunder, the  ship was put full astern, but  hit East Mouse rocks, near  Amlwch.

All 218 passengers and 109  crew safely reached shore, but  the ship, filled with 1,800 tons  of cargo, broke in two and was a total loss.

The wreck lay on the  seabed undisturbed for  121 years, until the 12  bottles of wine were  salvaged in 1998.