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Connecting people across the currents of the oceans and time, messages in bottles can take many forms:
#1 International Espionage
In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I appointed an official “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles,” also making it a capital crime to open one. Her concern was that they could be used as a method of delivering secret messages.
#2 Grandfather’s Advice
On 8 April 2014, a fisherman recovered this postcard in a bottle written by a German named Richard Platz dated 17 May 1913. Investigators later traced his granddaughter Angela Erdman and delivered it to her.
In 1784 shipwreck victim Chunosuke Matsuyama was shipwrecked on a coral reef. He carved a message in coconut wood and set it adrift. Sadly it was not found until 1935.
#4 Scientific Experiments
The ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus and Benjamin Franklin both used message carrying bottles in order to trace the currents of the Oceans.
#5 Letter To A Sweetheart
In 1914, soldier Thomas Hughes tossed a bottle into the English Channel. It was found in the Thames in 1999. His note read: “Would you kindly forward the enclosed letter and earn the blessing of a poor British soldier on his way to the front”. Two days after writing it, Hughes was killed.
#6 Delayed Delivery
The Glasgow School of Navigation released 1,889 messages in bottles on June 10, 1914 with cards inside asking the finder to report their locations. The latest was found in the North Sea after 98 years.
#7 The Romance That Nearly Was
In December 1945, Frank Hayostek tossed a bottle over the side of his warship. It was recovered by an Irish milk maid, Breda O’Sullivan. The two finally met amid international attention with reports desperately hoping a romance was on the cards. It wasn’t.
#8 Coming To America
A couple threw a message in a champagne bottle overboard from their cruise in Hawaii in 1979. This led to a Vietnamese soldier eventually moving to America. Mr. Van Nguyen found the bottle and wrote the couple asking them to help him come to America. They did so and they finally met when he arrived in the USA in 1985.
In May 2005 88 shipwrecked migrants were rescued off Costa Rica after the boat failed and they resorted to the time-old tradition of putting an SOS in a bottle.
#10 Captain Bercaw
Sean Bercaw has released more than 250 bottles into the sea and received about 50 responses. Everyone loves a message in a bottle. “I’ve had 7 year old kids and people in their 70’s find my bottles and write back” he reports.
#11 The Drift Bottle Project
The Drift Bottle Project, has released 6,400 bottled messages Of those, only 4 percent—have been found and reported, meaning there are many out there still waiting to be found.