Message In Bottle Released in 1914 Recaptured

Bill Hitchcock September 1, 2012 2
Message In Bottle Released in 1914 Recaptured

A bottle with a message in it that was released at sea on June 10, 1914 by Captain C H Brown has been recovered almost 100 years later. This sets a Guiness world record for the longest message bottle adrift and recovered.

Andrew Leaper the captain of the “Copious” captured the bottle while hauling in his nets.

“As we hauled in the nets I spotted the bottle neck sticking out and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back in the sea. I am immensely proud to be the finder of the world record message in a bottle. It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn’t wait to open it.”

The bottle was one of many in a scientific research project started in 1890 by the Glasgow School of Navigation. The bottles were designed to sink towards the bottom and cruise along the ocean floor. The record setting bottle was bottle was numbered 646B. Enclosed was a card for return and offer of a 6 pence reward.

But what makes this story even more amazing is just 6 years earlier the same fishing vessel caught the prior world record message in a bottle. For the complete story go to Scottish television STV News.


  1. Joey Roberts September 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM - Reply

    In the late 1970’s I was a teenage commercial fisherman up in the NorEast Atlantic. I used to write Gospel messages and put them in twist top Pepsi bottles. I do not remember how many I wrote, But I did get one response back. It was way cool knowing that I had touched someone’s life. I guess you coud say that was B-mail. Oh Yea, Bill, by the by, the picture of the small trawler you used for your article is now my computer’s wall paper. Many Thanks, Blot.

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