1985 Message In a Bottle: What Did Old Canadian Message Discovered In Croatia Say?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 17, 2013 4:16 PM EDT

1985 Message In a Bottle
Jonathon's message to Mary took 28 years for someone to find. (Photo: waitingforthecircus.com)

A message in a bottle from 1985 washed ashore at the mouth of the Neretva River in Croatia and was found by a group of surfers who were cleaning a local beach on Wednesday, according to reports.

As CNews from Canada reported, surfers cleaning debris from a beach at the mouth of the Neretva River in the southern Adriatic Ocean port of Ploce came across a half-broken bottle with a message inside. Matea Medak Rezic, a 23-year-old local surfer, nearly threw it away when she spotted a wet paper inside, which contained a message from a Canadian man, Jonathon, to a woman named Mary, according to the Agence France-Presse.

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"The bottle was among the rubbish that winter rains have brought to the shore," said Rezic. "The bottle was broken, but the message, written with a blue ballpoint pen, was in good shape as it was plastic-coated."

Jonathan wrote that he made Mary a promise that he would write her.

The 1985 message in a bottle read:

"Mary, you really are a great person. I hope we can keep in correspondence. I said I would write. Your friend always, Jonathon, Nova Scotia, 1985."

It took 28 years for the 1985 message in a bottle to wash ashore almost 5,000 miles away from Canada in Croatia. In order to make such a journey, the 1985 message in a bottle would have floated across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Strait of Gibraltar, around the Mediterranean Sea and into the Adriatic Sea in its nearly three-decade odyssey.

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