"Goodbye my love, and may we have the pleasure of embracing again in six months." So reads the last message mariner Robert Tod wrote to his wife before embarking on a "long and perilous voyage" from the shores of Lancashire in 1848. He never returned.
Mariner Tod's note is one of thousands of documents painstakingly restored by staff and volunteers at the Lancashire Record Office, on Bow Lane, Preston.
Almost a million individual documents have been restored - records covering an area from Merseyside to Cumbria and into Yorkshire - and are now available for members of the public to see.
You can read more about these newly-available records in the Lancashire Evening Post web site at http://beta.prestontoday.net/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleID=1980121&SectionID=73.