Geoff Flood discovered the rolled up note inside a bottle washed up on a beach in New Zealand.
The note was dated March 17th, 1936 and said - "At sea. Would the finder of this bottle kindly forward this note, where found, date, to undermentioned address." The message has been written on paper with the ship's name, SS Strathnaver, in the header. The bottled note, it seems, had been adrift in the ocean for 76 years.
Mr Flood was eventually able to track down the sender, a man named Herbert Ernest Hillbrick. While Mr. Hillbrick had died some years ago, his grandson Peter Hillbrick was still alive. "For this one to be floating around in the ocean for 76 years and just all of a sudden pop up in New Zealand. Where has it been? What story is it going to tell?" he said upon hearing of his grandfather's note. "The only connection I have with Grandfather is now that bottle. That's about all. So, it's a fascinating story."
"A message in a bottle found 76 years after it was thrown into the sea has been reunited with the family of the man who wrote it."
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Source: Sky News
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