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8 Great Messages in Bottles from 2018

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The Best Messages in Bottles of 2018

1. The World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle (so far…)

Beyond any doubt, one of the best messages in bottles of 2018 is the oldest message in a bottle ever found (so far), clocking in at 132 years old. That…that is seriously old. Even by message in a bottle standards! Previously, the oldest message in a bottle ever found was 108 years old when found (preceded by bottles that were 107, 101, 98, 97 years old, and so on). This one shattered the records–for now. Every time one of these bottles has been found, people have said, “Surely there can’t be any older bottle than that!” but time after time, older bottles show up. But really, you have to wonder, will anyone ever break this record?

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German Man Finds Grandfather’s Message in a Bottle

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German Man Finds his Grandfather’s Message in a Bottle

Peter Brandt, a roofer in Goslar, Germany, was conducting maintenance on the town’s cathedral when he made an incredible discovery: An 88 year old message in a bottle. But this was not just any message from a distant stranger. This was Peter Brandt’s own grandfather’s message in a bottle. Willi Brandt signed the message on March 26th, 1930, and it remained hidden in the cathedral’s roof for 88 years, according to The Local Germany.

Goslar Cathedral 88 year old message in a bottle

Goslar Cathedral, where Willi Brandt’s message in a bottle lay hidden for 88 years. Photo: By Tilman2007 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62673101

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A 21 Year Old Message in a Bottle and a Walk Around the UK Coast

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An Extreme Walker and a Dog Find a 21 Year Old Message in a Bottle…

That may sound like the setup for a punchline, but in fact, it is the heart of an amazing true story. A 21 year old message in a bottle was found in Scotland by a man walking the entire coastline of the UK to raise money for SSAFA, the UK’s Armed Forces charity–or rather, it was found by the dog he was walking with! Former paratrooper Chris Lewis told Belfast Live “I was on a Scottish leg of the charity walk with my pal Kenny and his dogs and Toby, one of the dogs, found the bottle at Portlogan. When we saw it had a message inside it was amazing.” Incredibly, Toby is one of many dogs who have found messages in bottles!

Chris Lewis walking the coast of Northern Ireland after returning 21 year old message in a bottle.

Chris Lewis walking the coast of Northern Ireland after returning 21 year old message in a bottle. Photo: Alan Lewis / Belfast Live.

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Canadian Sisters’ Message in a Bottle Beaches in Scotland’s Hebrides

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Canadian Sisters’ Message in a Bottle Travels from Nova Scotia to Scotland

Again and again, messages in bottles forge lovely connections between Canadians and Scots. One Scottish woman has even found two messages in bottles from the same Canadian sender! On Canada Day 2017 (which was Saturday, July 1st), Annalea Vardy, age 6, and her sister Isabel, 3, were aboard their grandparents’ sailboat, celebrating Canada’s 150th year of independence. That’s their sesquicentennial anniversary, for anyone who likes long words 🙂 Together with their grandparents, David and Donna, the girls sent a message in a bottle in honor of Canada’s independence. The sisters’ message in a bottle drifted away and the family continued their sailing adventure.

Vardy sisters' message in a bottle fragment.

Annalea and Isabel Vardy’s message in a bottle, signed and sent on Canada’s 150th birthday. Photo: The Daily Record.

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Guest Post: “Alaska For Real” Author’s Twilight Zone Message in a Bottle

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Alaska For Real Author Tara Neilson Shares Her “Twilight Zone” Message in a Bottle

Tara Neilson writes the blog Alaska For Real from her floathouse home in Southeastern Alaska that she built herself, living right on the famed Inside Passage. She welcomes comments from readers and can be reached at alaskaforreal.tara@gmail.com or through her blog. A version of her story, “Through the Twilight Zone,” was first published in Capital City Weekly, April 15, 2017.

THROUGH THE TWILIGHT ZONE: An Alaskan Message in a Bottle

Twilight Zone Message in a Bottle as Found

My message in a bottle as it was found.

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Mess in a Bottle, or How to Make a Message in a Bottle (The Wrong Way) Part Two

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How to Make a Message in a Bottle The Wrong Way, Part Two: Making a Mess in a Bottle

Lesson Two in how not to make a message in a bottle is a reiteration and elaboration on the points in the first lesson, and is another example of what I call a “mess in a bottle”. A mess in a bottle is exactly what it sounds like: Chaos contained in a seafaring flask.

Today’s example captures pretty well what these nightmares look like: Continue reading