The use of a message in the bottle has been a form of communication going way back in antiquity. The first recorded messages in bottles were released around 310 BC by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus as an experiment attempting to prove the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the inflowing Atlantic Ocean.
A message in a bottle recovered east of Shetland in 2012 is believed to be the oldest message ever found at 98 years. It was one of 1,890 bottles released on June 10, 1914 by a scientist from Glasgow testing undercurrents around Scotland. The previous record was 92 years and 229 days also released in 1914 and found on December 10, 2006. It contained longitude and latitude coordinates placing its release somewhere between Scotland and Denmark. It was discovered by a fisherman around Shetland, Scotland. The farthest traveling message in a bottle was recovered on a beach near Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 17, 2013. It was tossed into the ocean 28 years earlier from the shores of Nova Scotia, Canada. It traveled around 4,000 miles.
The saddest story involving a bottled message dates all the way back to September 9, 1914. The bottle was discovered in 1999 by a fisherman while pulling in his nets. Inside the eroded bottle were two letters. The first note requested the finder to forward the second note, a love letter, to his beloved wife named Elizabeth Hughes. He was headed for France to fight in the Great War. The fisherman was moved by the letter and set out to deliver it. It had been 85 years since the letters were written. His search led him to the couples daughter living in Auckland, New Zealand. He found out Thomas Hughes was killed in battle shortly after releasing the bottled messages. Thomas never got to see his wife again and never met his daughter, Emily.
|Breech Inlet and the H.L. Hunley Bridge|
|Isle of Palms beach|
"I found your message in a bottle.....a green bottle on the shore. Where did u release it? If u don't mind me asking... I lost the love of my life 3 years ago in aug. and I walk that beach for therapy to deal with losing him. I have released a balloon there once with a message inside, and was touched by your poem...It was a cool thing to find. Take care."
Sent from my iPhone
I was glad to hear the right person found the bottle and the message.
|My next message ready for release|
The closest thing to the message in a bottle I know of in Charleston involves the Vendue Inn. It is a custom for people staying there to leave messages in some of the bedposts, or so I heard. I sent an email to Vendue Inn to verify that, but as of yet have not received an answer.