The Isle of Man post office is asking for help to deliver a mystery letter addressed to a survivor from HMS Edinburgh.
The letter is post marked Yorkshire and dated September 2013 but does not bear a full address.
Instead it reads simply: ‘Mr Higgins, Survivor, HMS Edinburgh, Isle of Man.’
A further note adds: ‘Post men please help. A Byrne, Survivor, SS Induna.’
A post office spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately we have very little to go on other than this information. Therefore we are appealing to the people of the Isle of Man to see if they can help us track this gentleman down and deliver the letter to him.
‘If anyone knows of a Mr Higgins on the Island who is a survivor of HMS Edinburgh we would be delighted to hear from them.’
She added they had made several attempts to deliver the letter but without success so far.
‘It’s not often we are unable to deliver a letter but on this occasion we really don’t have very much information at all and therefore we need our customers’ assistance to see if they know this gentleman.
‘It would be lovely to get this letter delivered and reunite two friends.’
HMS Edinburgh was a second world war naval ship launched in 1938 and sunk in 1942. In 1981 gold bullion was recovered from the wreck which lies 300 metres below the sea.
Edinburgh’s sister ship, HMS Belfast is a floating museum moored in the Thames.