The Drumcraig was a full-rigged four-masted iron-hulled ship built by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company. She was launched on the 19th January 1885 (Yard No. 128) for Gillison & Chadwick (the Drum Line) of Liverpool. In October 1890 Drumcraig made a passage from Lyttleton, New Zealand to Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, in 76 days.
On the 2nd January 1895 the Drumcraig arrived at Newcastle, NSW, with one passenger recovering from smallpox and another dead from the disease - she (the ship) was put into quarantine at Sydney.
The Drumcraig was eventually sold to Capt. Barneson of California. In 1905 she disappeared without trace, lost with all hands whilst on passage from Astoria to Manilla with a timber cargo.
An article which appeared in the newspaper in March started with a report of a message in a bottle, found at Half Moon Bay, supposedly written by A.B. W.W.Bales, reporting that the Drumcraig had foundered at 43N, 127W.