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2003 Message in a Bottle from Norwegian Cruise Lines: Is This Your Email Address?

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Message in a Bottle from Norwegian Cruise Lines Found, Forgotten, and Found Again

When I open a message in a bottle, I try to find the senders right away. Sometimes, it’s surprisingly easy, like with Kelvin Euridge–whose name is unique–even though his message was 30 years old. Other times, it takes a while, like the message in a bottle I found from Ray. It took me over a year to find him despite the fact that his message was only a year old when I found it–but with your help, I did! And since I’ve had some luck recently with revisiting old mystery messages and solving them with your help–like the one my mom found from Larry and Janie of Little Rock, and the 1985 message my dad found from Nova Scotia–I’ve decided to dust off another old message in a bottle and see if I can’t track down the senders. This one here is a message in a bottle from Norwegian Cruise Lines, and I found it waaaay back in 2011. Continue reading

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Message in a Book Mystery: Looking for Lori

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Message in a Book Found in Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Here’s a head scratcher for you: A 26-year-old message in a book has been found in Message in a Bottle. Yep. You read that right! This week, A copy of Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks bought in a Plymouth, NH thrift store was found to contain a mysterious letter, an obituary, and three memorial cards, according to NH1. Now, Kaycee Travis, who bought the book and found the letter, cards, and obituary inside is looking for the owner of the letter. She signed her name only as Lori. Continue reading

Want to Solve a Tasmanian Message in a Bottle Mystery? Find Reece of Launceston!

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Tasmanian Message in a Bottle Mystery Surfaces at Macquarie Harbour

Here’s a delightful little Tasmanian message in a bottle mystery for you: A bottled note has been found at Tasmania’s Regatta Point, according to The Advocate. An 11-year-old named Reece set the letter adrift in Macquarie Harbour in 2016. The message in a bottle was part of a project at Reece’s school–Launceston’s Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. In contrast to the many messages in bottles are sadly quite short and bereft of detail, Reece’s is great! It’s lengthy, detailed, imaginative… Here’s Max Morphett with his find, followed by a transcription of the visible part of the message: Continue reading

#NolansGift Message in a Bottle Inspires Strangers to Pay it Forward in Nicholas Sparks Country

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#NolansGift Message in a Bottle Found on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, Inspires Random Acts of Kindness

Among the many magical powers of messages in bottles, my favorite is their ability to bring out the best in people. That, and their ability to connect total strangers in powerful, meaningful ways. The story of the McGee family’s message in a bottle is one of the most beautiful and inspiring stories I have ever heard, and also one of the most heartbreaking. It began when Kara McGee and her husband Marshall tragically lost their first son at birth in March of 2012, according to WECT 6 News in North Carolina. The McGees have gone on to have two healthy boys, and they have a small family celebration each March to commemorate Nolan, the son they lost. This year, they decided to participate in a sort of “pay it forward” phenomenon called the “Five Dollar Fairy”. As Kara explained to WECT, she and her family put $5 bills into envelopes and handed them out to strangers. But they envelopes also contained letters. Kara told WECT “(We) put the story of Nolan inside with the money, and the hashtag #Nolan’sGift.” The idea is to make someone’s day and encourage them to pay it forward by making someone else’s day. On April 1st, 2018 the McGees tried something different. Instead of a letter, they sent out a #NolansGift message in a bottle. Continue reading

Message in a Bottle to a Beautiful Mind Found Near Port Townsend, Washington

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Message in a Bottle to a Beautiful Mind Found Near Seattle, Washington

I am always intrigued by the sentiments people decide to include in messages in bottles. I don’t send them myself (I co-signed one, once), but I imagine I would be long-winded, philosophizing about life, the universe, and everything. However, loads of people prefer to be far briefer. Some don’t write words at all–they only include drawings, like this message in a bottle found in England recently. Another drawing included just a few words and washed ashore recently in Westport, Washington, just southwest from Seattle & Port Townsend. Well, this week, a message in a bottle was found by Laurel Burik on Indian Island near Port Townsend, and not too terribly far from Seattle, according to the PT Leader. The letter inside was quite brief–more of a declaration than a letter. It said, simply, “I am in love with a beautiful mind.” Isn’t that a sweet thing to say? I guess it’s not so much a message in a bottle to a beautiful mind as a message in a bottle honoring a beautiful mind.  Continue reading

Scottish Students Find a Message in a Bottle: Seeking Andrew Meers!

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Andrew Meers: Inverkip Students Found Your Message in a Bottle!

In March 2018, Inverkip Primary School students invited members of the community to help them clean Ardgowan Beach, according to Inverclyde Now. They expected to find trash–they never expected to find a message in a bottle. But they did indeed find a message in a bottle, and now they are looking for the author. How can you help? Spread the word! Send me a message or leave a comment if you think you know how to find Andrew Meers! Continue reading

Donegal Message in a Bottle Mystery: Seeking Donegal Man Who Found Wexford Girl’s Bottled Note

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After stumbling upon the story of an American girl whose message in a bottle was found by a mysterious Donegal beachcomber, I wondered if Donegal had other message in a bottle stories to share. Well, I was in for a surprise. Not only is Donegal packed with a veritable library of message in a bottle stories, but many of them are mysterious. Here’s the really strange part: Many of these stories involve messages in bottles that were found and answered by someone who the messages’ authors cannot find in return. The finders appear to have forgotten to include their return address. Or perhaps they have chosen to remain anonymous. After Catherine’s story, the second such story I found was that of Wexford’s Eilish Black. Her’s is the latest Donegal message in a bottle mystery. Eilish sent a message in a bottle as a 3-year-old in 2014 that was found this year at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. But, according to the Donegal Daily, it was found by a Donegal man named James Murray. And now, Eilish cannot find James! She’s hoping someone in the vast sea of the internet can put her in touch with him.

Eilish’s message was more of–well, it was a drawing made by a three-year-old! “Message” might be a generous description, but it is great nonetheless. Her mother helped by writing her name and contact information on the message 🙂

Eilish Black's 2014 donegal message in a bottle mystery

Eilish Black’s 2014 message in a bottle. Photo: Black Family / Donegal Daily.

Letter from Donegal Man Who Found Eilish’s Message in a Bottle Connects Wexford, Giant’s Causeway, and Donegal

Eilish and her mother, Katie, received a letter in March of this year from James Murray of Donegal, who explained how he found Eilish’s message at the Giant’s Causeway. He also included Eilish’s message, reuniting her with her early artwork.

Murray’s letter to Eilish is simple and brief:

Hello Eilish Black. I found your message in a bottle while walking by the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim, it took a long time to get here. I am glad to return it to you.

James Murray

Co Donegal

PS: I had to google the street map of Wexford to find your address, hope it is the right one.

Donegal Message in a Bottle Mystery - Response from James Murray, finder of Eilish's message in a bottle.

Response from James Murray, finder of Eilish’s message in a bottle. The lack of a return address makes this the latest Donegal message in a bottle mystery, and Eilish hopes to solve it. Photo: Black Family / Donegal Daily.

Eilish’s mother, Katie, told the Donegal Daily: “We would love to let him know we got the letter. As Eilish’s letter was a little damaged with water he said he wasn’t sure if he had the right address!”

Eilish Black with her message in a bottle and the response from the Donegal man who found it, who she is now trying to find.

Eilish Black with her message in a bottle and the response from the Donegal man who found it, who she is now trying to find. Photo: Black Family / Donegal Daily.

Elaine McCallig, who broke the story about Catherine and the story about Eilish, encourages anyone who might be able to help connect Eilish with James Murray to contact the Donegal Daily. Of course you can also drop me a line and I will pass on word to them. Of course, if James wants to stay off the radar, we’ll respect that, too! At least I will–I can’t speak for the media.

Message in a Bottle Traveled From Slaney River to Giant’s Causeway, Somehow

As a final note, I am deeply intrigued by this message in a bottle because I cannot figure out how it got to the Giant’s Causeway from the Slaney River near Wexford, and why it took four years to do so. Here’s a map showing, basically, where it was sent and found.

According to the Donegal Daily, Eilish threw her message in a bottle into the River Slaney near Wexford. So, did the bottle wind its way north through some network of rivers I am not aware of? Or did it drift out into the channel between Ireland and England, and then float north? Or did it circle clockwise around Ireland before landing at the Giant’s Causeway?

We will probably never know the path Eilish’s bottle took. But maybe, if we spread the word, we can solve this latest Donegal message in a bottle mystery, find James Murray, and put him and Eilish in touch 🙂

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