Message In A Bottle Finds Its Way Back To Sender

Samson

A man who threw a message in a bottle into the other side of the Atlantic 18 months ago says he was shocked to get a reply from the Isles of Scilly.

Last month, ScillyToday reported that the message had been found on Samson. It was discovered by James Roberts during a beach clean by volunteers on a BTCV conservation holiday.

The message had a return address but no email, so James sent a post card.

And today, the Connecticut-based newspaper, The Day, published an article with Jerry Pope, a retired contractor, who sent the original message.

Jerry sent the bottle on its way in October 2010 from the end of his street in Black Point on Long Island Sound.

“It was something I always wanted to do,” he’s reported as saying. “I was curious to see if someone would actually find it.”

Apparently Jerry was surprised when he saw the postcard from James, showing a view of St Martin’s and Tresco, and then shocked when he realised his message had been found nearly 4,000 miles away.

Jerry thought it had got stuck at the end of the local pier.