This message in a bottle is another one from the archives. We found it about a year ago washed up near Egypt Bay in Kent. Unfortunately there was no date and so I don't know how long it had been nestled in amongst the other plastic bottles, but it caught my eye and so I sat down to open it.
Well, thanks Luke, Jordan, Lewis and Luke, for the roll up. I have to admit that I didn't smoke it, but it took me back to my teenage years when I was quite expert at rolling up my golden virginia tobacco... but.... I've given that up now! And - I couldn't tell them I had found it, as there was no contact details, but perhaps if someone knows them, they could pass on the happy news that we found it! And send them lots of love too!!
Well I thought it was about time to update you on our recent finds although this latest message from Pirate Sam was found in August. hope you can read it! if not, it says "Dera Stranger, hope you found my tresure. I thought I gave it to you if you hafnt fand it, you will find it. from Pirate Sam!"
Thank you Pirate Sam! I didn't actually find a treasure trove, but I did find some pretty cool pieces of lovely pottery, and, a dolphin skull! which figures quite high up on the treasure ratings :)
The same day as finding Pirate Sam's message, and the dolpin skull, (I mean, when things couldn't really get any better), A battered bottle caught my eye on the shore line wedged between some rocks, with some paper in it. On closer examination, it was indeed a letter...in German. I was pretty excited - to see that it was in fact a message in a bottle competition, and it had been thrown into the sea in Belgium on the opening of "SeaWorld", in August 2003, almost exactly 10 years previously. The number of the bottle was 222. I could hardly wait to write to them to tell them the news, that we had found the bottle on their 10th anniversary.
Sadly, Seaworld were not interested, and did not respond to my messages. Finally, I rang them, and was told that there was not database of bottles thrown in, and it was no longer the policy of Seaworld to throw plastic bottles in the sea..... So, whoever threw bottle number 222 in the sea will never know that it was finally found! By the way, I quite agree that it is not good form to throw plastic bottles, or anything other than biodegradable waste, in the sea, but still..... it''s still exciting to find a bottle with something in it! That 's all for now, but I have more in my archive, and, one which we found today in Grain, Kent, so I will back soon to share them with you. X
Hi, I'm Nicola - Im currently enjoying finding a variety of messages in bottles and discovering the stories behind them! you can watch a video here of a recent message in a bottle finding expedition! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28904275