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French Message in a Bottle Found in Mexico: “I Love You, Little Worm”

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Sometimes, people send messages in bottles not to find love, or friendship, or to express regret, or to say goodbye. Sometimes, a message in a bottle is sent simply as an expression of love. I was touched by a story submitted to me by Massiel Tunnell, who stumbled upon a message in a bottle just last weekend on the beach in front of her property while out walking with her family.

Here she is!

Masiel Tunnell

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Launching Into The Wide World of Messages in Bottles

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I don’t know much about the world, but a lot of what I know has come from messages in bottles.

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Some Friends I’ve Yet to Meet, Some I Know Already.

I always wanted to find a message in a bottle when I was young. This was before the Nicholas Sparks book, and before I had ever heard Sting’s song. I loved reading, and I loved writing, and man, I really wanted a penpal. I loved the ocean, too, so a message in a bottle seemed like the perfect fit. Continue reading

The Sea Captain’s Letter in a Bottle

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A lot of days, I feel like the luckiest person in the world. Thanks to my strange hobby, people send me stories about their own message in a bottle experiences that are downright delightful and heartening.

Not long ago, Norah Brown-Davis wrote from Northern Ireland to share her family’s fascinating and heartwarming story. It’s such a Continue reading

1982 Message in a Bottle Reconnects Scottish Sisters With Deceased Father

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Anyone who has ever renovated an old house knows it involves a bit of archaeology. Who installed this ceiling fan? Why are the walls insulated but not the ceiling? What lunatic placed a light switch inside the shower? Old houses are a grab-bag of choices made by previous owners, some perplexing, others delightful.

Clarke Elsby knows this well–he directs a team of technicians for Richardson & Starling contractors in Dumfries, Scotland.

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Irish Sisters Send Twin Messages in Bottles, Both Found Days Apart in UK

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There are a few kinds of message in a bottle stories I am a sucker for. Near the top of the list are those involving kiddos, and those highlighting the plastic pollution plague in our ocean. This story does both!

Rachel and Olivia, 12 and 9 respectively, each sent a message in a bottle while on a family outing in Brittas Bay, Ireland, near Arklow, according to BBC Wales.

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Rachel, left, and Olivia, right. Photo: Mythen Family / Shemazing.net

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1982 Message in a Bottle Found: Seeking Nigel Hanlon of Australia!

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Another fascinating and old message in a bottle has been discovered on Australia’s west coast! The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Michael Thompson discovered a 35 year old message in a bottle on a remote beach in northwest Australia around Mundabullangana Station.

Look at this thing!

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35 year old message in a bottle recently discovered by Michael Thompson. Photo: Michelle Stanley / ABC.net

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Message in a Shell Discovered on Florida Beach: Seeking Shane and Jolene!

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Today: a tiny post about a tiny–but very intriguing–message.

At the end of July this year, Amy Mayes was walking Cocoa Beach with her husband and kids when they stumbled upon a shell that appeared to have writing on its inner surface, according to WKMG News 6 in Orlando.

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Photo: Amy Mayes

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1948 Message in a Bottle Found: Are You Related to Lt. Col. Eugene J. McNamara from World War II?

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According to an article published by Stars and Stripes on June 15th, 2017, a 70 year old message in a bottle has been discovered in the Hotel New Grand in Japan’s Yokohama Harbor during renovations. The message dates to the years after the war when the US occupied Japan. Now, the hotel is searching for McNamara’s surviving descendants, if he has any, to connect them with this piece of their family history.

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Whiskey bottle with McNamara’s name on the front, and his business card within. Photo credit: Erik Slavin / Stars and Stripes.

The front of the business card simply lists McNamara’s name and rank. The brief note written on the back of the business card is pretty straightforward: Continue reading

90 Year Old Man Discovers 83 Year Old Message in a Bottle is From His Father

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Living in the world of messages in bottles, there’s a certain level of coincidence that comes with the job. That’s what makes it so cool 🙂

But occasionally something happens that knocks even my socks off!

Laurence Reid, an Edinburgh resident who recently turned 90, spent his working life as a joiner, constructing the wooden elements of buildings and the like. According to a story published by the Edinburgh Evening News, he recently decided to donate an old carpenter’s plane to the Living Memory Association, which is not exactly a museum, but an organization that nevertheless keeps the past alive.

While there, Laurence and LMA worker Miles Tubbs, struck up a conversation. I can’t imagine the conversation they had that led to this next moment–but somehow Miles got the idea to show Laurence an item the Living Memory Association had recently acquired–a message in a bottle.

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The message in a bottle at Living Memory Association. Photo: SWNS.com / Daily Mail

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Message in a Bottle Found: “These facts may surprise you…”

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My friends, I need your help!

Don Lehman, crime and county government writer for The Post Star in New York state, was fishing in the Hoosic River last week when he found a message in a bottle!

The message, from Evan Hutchinson of Cambridge, New York, is dated 2015, and strikes me as a truly intriguing find.

Evan’s message reads: Continue reading