A message in a bottle was found 3,000 miles away from its origin and 42 years after it was thrown into the ocean.
German man Michael Scholz was on vacation in New York when he found the bottle washed ashore on a beach. He took the bottle back to his home in Cologne before sending it back to 66-year-old John Souter, a Scottish fisherman who had written the note in the bottle.
According to Souter, he was on a sailing trip with his father and brother-in-law when he tore out a page from a fishing almanac and wrote the note.
“I remember doing it. I was aboard my father’s fishing boat,” Souter said. “I tore a bit of paper out of an old fishing almanac on board and wrote my name, address and the date on it, before putting it inside an old Hay’s lemonade bottle.”
Souter added that he had completely forgotten about the bottle, which he tossed into the sea in 1973, and said that he was amazed at how far it had traveled.
The bottle traveled around 3,300 miles to Jonas Beach in New York from Scotland before Scholz found it. Then, it traveled another 3,760 miles to Germany and a final 960 miles to Lossiemouth in Scotland.
Souter, who has worked as a fisherman for 30 years, said that he and his wife sent Scholz a Christmas card to thank him. They also plan on getting in touch with him in the upcoming weeks.