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1930s Message in a Bottle Reunites Indianapolis Woman With Grandfather

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When Ashley Guerra of J2LR General Contractors in Indianapolis wrote to tell me of her company’s 87 year old message in a bottle discovery, I was dumbfounded. You see–they didn’t find their message in a bottle on a beach. Instead, their crew found it while digging up a construction site at 10th and Emerson in Indy.

The tiny bottle contained a single piece of paper inscribed on both sides. The front side is hard to read. It appears to simply be a “work ticket”. It shows the business brand and logo, but the handwriting is faded beyond readability:

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Scottish Author of 46 Year Old Message in a Bottle Has Been Found!

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Well it was a long hard search, but we did it! We found “Donkeyman” James Robertson who sent a message in a bottle 46 years ago!

The story about James Robertson’s message broke in early January when Bernd Igwerks found the half-century old bottled note washed ashore on the small German island of Norderney.

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Bernd Igwerks, with the 46 Year Old Message in a Bottle He Found. Photo courtesy: Nomo Online / nomo-norderney.de

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Message in a Bottle Archives of the Sea: 42 Days on Beer and Cake

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On January 30th, 1895, a German steamship called Elbe was in the North Sea, making her way from Bremerhaven to New York carrying 354 passengers.

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SS Elbe

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Message in a Bottle: Wedding Vows Cast Adrift

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In 2012, according to The Olympian, Mattie and Jake Harrison sealed their wedding vows to each other in a bottle and set them adrift to mark the start of their journey through life together.

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Mattie and Jake Harrison with the letters they wrote to each other for their wedding, before sending them out to sea. Photo Courtesy: Mattie and Jake Harrison / The Olympian

Mattie told The Olympian, “The water means a lot to my husband and I…It’s a big part of our story.”

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Message in a Bottle: Stuart From England Has Been Found!

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It seems Asbury Park Press was able to track down the sender of the message in a bottle discovered recently on Long Beach Island. The finder was Vince Stango, who “runs a software and IT consulting firm” according to APP; the sender was Stuart Brown, retired engineer, of Yorkshire, UK. The men have exchanged text messages since the find.

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Stuart Brown’s Message in a Bottle. Photo Courtesy: Asbury Park Press / Vince Stango

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Message in a Bottle: Calling Stuart from England!

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As fond as I am of finding and responding to messages in bottles, I am not the best at listening to or responding to voice messages on my phone. I know, I know. That’s bad of me…

But it seems I am not alone in this bad habit!

In late January, 2017, Vince Stango (cool name, hey?) was walking along the beach in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, when he spotted a bottle with paper inside.

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Stuart’s Message in a Bottle, found by Vince Stango. Photo Courtesy: Peter Ackerman / Asbury Park Press

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Help Solve This Lithuanian Message in a Bottle! Seeking Žygis, Aivaras, and Modesta or Modestas!

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One day in 2013, a young woman named Jess and her dog were walking along the beach on the UK’s east coast.

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46 Year Old Message in a Bottle From Scottish “Donkeyman” Found on Small German Island

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My friends, we have a mystery to solve!

On January 12th, 2017, Nomo Online published a brief article–just a wee little paragraph–about a man named Bernd Igwerks who had just found a message in a bottle sent in 1970.

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Bernd Igwerks, with the 46 Year Old Message in a Bottle He Found. Photo courtesy: Nomo Online / nomo-norderney.de

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Archives of the Sea: “A Message From a Wrecked Bark”

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What is a “Bark,” you ask?

Ya’ll, this is a Bark!

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19th Century 3-masted Bark or Barque Style Sailing Ship. Photo from Library of Congress.

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One Bright Side of 2016? Messages in Bottles, and the Friendships They Created.

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Rebecca Whittaker discovered a note in a bottle while walking along Widemouth Bay on November 16th, 2016. After posting a photo of the message online, she connected with the 12 year old sender, Ciara, from Ireland.

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Ciara’s Message in a Bottle

Ciara then sent Rebecca a card wishing her Continue reading