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Message in a Bottle from 2007 Found: Where Are the Arkansas Authors?

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***UPDATE! This message has been solved, and we found the senders! Below is the back story. Click here to see the rest of the story.***

On May 30th, 2007, a couple from Little Rock, Arkansas were on a cruise when they decided to send a message in a bottle. Their message was sweet and simple. A few years later, my mom found this message in a bottle while she was beachcombing with my dad. We all marveled at the note and loved it for its good-spirited message:

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Message in a Bottle Found! “A Truly Magical Experience”

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I recently heard from Alison, a woman who found a message in a bottle and immediately felt the same surprise and awe at that experience that keeps me addicted 🙂

“I have been an avid beachcomber all my life with a recent passion for sea glass hunting,” she said.

“I was walking alone at Nauset Beach in March [2017], it was in the mid-30s, overcast, windy and raw. Sometimes my sea glass hunts turn into beach cleanup, but when I went to pick up what I thought was a piece of trash, I was astounded to see a message in the bottle! I started shaking and I think my heart skipped a couple beats!”

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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!

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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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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