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Message in a Bottle

Postby olywaguy » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:41 pm

A neat fun article on how a message in a bottle that began in Florida made it to Ireland.


Florida Student's Message in Bottle Washes Up in Ireland
BEN MUESSIG

(Oct. 5) -- There's e-mail, there's snail mail -- and now there's sail mail.
A father and son in Ireland discovered a bottle containing a message written by a Florida high school student that traveled some 3,720 miles after being tossed into the Atlantic Ocean more than a year ago.

The remarkable journey of the message in a bottle began in the classroom of Melbourne, Fla., marine science teacher Ethan Hall, who every year demonstrates the flow of the Gulf Stream by having his students cast bottles into the sea.

Stephen Flannery holds the letter his son Adam, 17, found in a bottle that washed ashore in Ireland. The bottle -- released April 22, 2009, by Melbourne High School students into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles off Port Canaveral, Fla., as part of an annual class project -- recently turned up more than 3,720 miles away, in County Clare, Ireland.

Stephen Flannery holds the letter his son Adam, 17, found in a bottle that washed ashore in Ireland. The bottle -- released April 22, 2009, by Melbourne High School students into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles off Port Canaveral, Fla., as part of an annual class project -- recently turned up more than 3,720 miles away, in County Clare, Ireland.

In past years, the bottles have followed the current as far north as Rhode Island, but one bottle containing a note written by student Corey Swearingen drifted all the way to Ireland.
"I would tease the students that maybe you'll find a nice Irish pen pal or Moroccan date to the prom, but it hadn't happened in four years. So this certainly has been exciting," Hall told Florida Today.

Swearingen's message, as well as those written by his classmates, were dumped from a charter fishing boat into the Gulf Stream about 20 miles off Port Canaveral, Fla., on April 22, 2009.
Over the next 16 months, the green glass bottle -- which contained a message explaining the science experiment and urging anyone who might find it to contact Hall -- drifted across the Atlantic before washing up on the shore outside Keating's Pub in Kilbaha, a tiny fishing village in County Clare, Ireland.

That's where 17-year-old Adam Flannery and his father, Stephen, discovered the corked bottle.
"Our reaction on finding the bottle was one of surprise to find it intact, as the beach it was washed up on is a pebble beach," Stephen Flannery told the press in an e-mail. "Then excitement of seeing the message inside with the bottle number '08-116' clearly visible."

Flannery wasn't the only person excited by the discovery.

Swearingen, who has since graduated high school and now attends Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., told CNN he was "excited and amazed" that his bottle had been found.
The 18-year-old also said he learned something from the experiment.

"I learned that the Gulf Stream goes really, really far away."
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Re: Message in a Bottle

Postby Guinness Fan » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:18 pm

I bought each of my nieces and nephews (ages 6-12) a "message in a bottle" kit for Christmas...Fancy packaging & over priced, but what it boils down to is a glass bottle, some fancy note paper, a world map and a way to seal the bottle with wax (with a written message included). My goal is to have them write a brief note telling the reader/finder who they are & where they're located & explainig to them that there's a big world out there...I'm hoping that they get the "big picture" & not just the "Uncle Bob; it's cool to throw stuff into the ocean" comment...Details to follow...
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