Fred and Sue originally from Townsville but have spent the past 6 years travelling Australia, were thrilled to find an authentic message. The letter was quite lengthy and written by a woman intended for her friend in the United States. The message had faded in places with no date but according to the author was thrown into the ocean in Sydney. She asked that if found, the message be sent on to her friend and thankfully the intended recipients address was still clear. Fred and Sue said they would honour the writer’s wishes sending the message on to the States.
I was keen to know where the bottles likely travel path would have been so discussed this with a Meteorologist. He said due to the South Pacific Gyre it was highly unlikely that the bottle travelled north from Sydney. Potentially, after leaving the shores of Sydney, it may have travelled around New Zealand, on to South America, over to the equator before travelling west and then down to Mission Beach. If this is what happened, it may have taken up to 10 years.
My Meteorologist friend said there was also another possibility. The bottle would have been full of air, bobbing on the surface and due to the strong anti-cyclones experienced in the Bass Strait over the past 6 months, wind could have blown it around New Zealand. From New Zealand, over time, these strong south east winds may have blown our mysterious bottle all the way to Mission Beach.
We may never know the secret attached to this message in a bottle but it sure is romantic thinking about it.
The world’s oldest discovered message in a bottle was presented to the sender’s granddaughter, years after it was thrown into the ocean in Germany.
FOUND BY: Konrad Fischer in the Baltic Sea, 2014
SENT FROM: Richard Platz in the Baltic Sea, 1913
TIME AT SEA: 101 years
Angi Matveyeff – CEO Mission Beach Tourism