Message In A Bottle Brings Surprise For Second Honeymooners

Francesca McCarthy with  the bottle. Photo by Chris Hall.

Francesca McCarthy with the bottle. Photo by Chris Hall.

A couple from the United States have been offered a ‘third honeymoon’ in Scilly after their message in a bottle washed up on a St Martin’s beach on Monday.

William Tallman of South Carolina floated a letter overboard from his yacht in the Bahamas last spring.

And this week, Scilly photographer Chris Hall found Mr Tallman’s message in the sand when he was returning to the quay after discussing a beach photo shoot for the Karma resort.

Chris says he noticed the bottle still had a cork in it, and he could see a rolled up note inside.

When it was opened by Karma Resort Manager Francesca McCarthy they found the message, which was from Mr Tallman and his wife.

They had been sailing around the Caribbean for their second honeymoon in May last year.

Francesca says she called them in the States and immediately offered the couple a courtesy five-night stay in the resort’s honeymoon suite next year.

She says the discovery ties in well with Karma Resort because all guests are given their welcome message inside a glass bottle, complete with shells and some Scilly sand.

And the Karma Group is developing a resort in the Bahamas, where the bottle was launched.

Mr Tallman says he’s tried sending messages in bottles previously but has never had a reply, so he’s surprised and delighted this one has travelled so far.

He feels it must have been carried over by the powerful Gulf Stream.

William says Scilly looks very beautiful and he can’t wait to visit with his wife next spring.

17 Responses to Message In A Bottle Brings Surprise For Second Honeymooners

  1. Jeff Eastick August 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    So cynical Peter , but probably with good reason.

  2. Peter August 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    A photographer who just happened to be planning on taking some publicity photos for Karma on St Martins just happened to find on that beach, of all the beaches in the world, a bottle sent from the other side of the world where Karma just happen to be developing a resort and that photographer just happened to decide that, rather than open the bottle himself, he would take it to the resort manager of Karma so that she could open it and it just so happens that Karma has a policy of giving guests a welcome message in a bottle. Oh yeah?

  3. scillylover August 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Oh Todd,as you rightly say it would do a lot of people good to view this piece of film.Unfortunately there are so many people without a conscience who do not appreciate anything, let alone the natural world and the wonderful things that need our protection.Like you, it’s the dedicated folk who clear up other peoples litter who deserve a reward .We hate litter of any kind and took issue with some youngsters on Porthcressa no way would they pick up the cans and rubbish they had thrown down,so naturally we picked it up…we love Scilly and did our bit ! p.s we paid for our holiday too !

    • Todd Stevens August 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      You are right, the wife and I came ashore on Town Beach the other day and a family who had bought food and drinks from a local shop had dined in the sun on the beach by the slip and then went- leaving all their cups, wrappers and knapkins, on the sand. As I put my punt away my wife picked it all up and binned it. It took her less than a minute. I cannot understand this total lack of conscience, regarding littering, that many seem to have today.

  4. Todd Stevens August 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Here is the kind of suffering just one small piece of our rubbish in the sea causes.

  5. Todd Stevens August 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Maybe Im wrong- but as I walk around the coast of the UK I get a little dismayed by the rubbish that comes ashore relentlessly every day; so seeing someone given a lovely free holiday for openly admitting that they regularly chuck their trash over board is bewildering. To me-the beach cleaner guy, that I mentioned before, should be given the holiday; then I will be impressed and congratulate the Hotel for a good example set. The the litter bug has been named- they should be shamed and fined not congratulated. You cannot defend the indefensible but perhaps other people want places like Scilly looking like a rubbish tip??

  6. Ewart August 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Was this not just a publicity stunt. The bottle looks too clean to have been in the water for a long time??

    • Richard August 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      And the hotel gives messages in glass bottles to its guests… Would love to calculate the odds on that!

      • Ally G August 10, 2015 at 9:19 pm

        Why so negative, let’s just enjoy a nice story and hope that Mr and Mrs Tallman enjoy their holiday on St Martin’s’.

  7. pete August 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    You are a party poopa Tod.

  8. Sting August 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I agree with Todd.

    I woke up this morning…can’t believe what I saw. A hundred million bottles washed up on the shore.

    • Todd Stevens August 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Very good!

  9. Todd Stevens August 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Everyday before work, rain or shine, a local guy walks his dog on a local beach. As he goes he fills a blag bag or two with rubbish, mostly bottles, that have washed ashore. Its a thankless task as tomorrow the tide brings more. However the man continues simply because he cares about Scilly. I was so impressed by this guy that I try to follow his example and do a similar thing on a different beach when I can.

    Over the other side of the world another guy gayly sails around the Bahama’s. On the back of his yacht in the sunshine he sups glasses of wine. When the bottle is done he thinks- ‘do I take it to a bottle bank at the next port?’ -No- by his own admission he throws it into the sea as he has done on numerous other occasions. But hey, its ok because its “romantic” if I put a little message inside! The reality is this- All his bottles wash ashore somewhere and apart from the deliberate act of littering- the worst case scenario with glass wine bottles is that they often break up in the surf- so that someone can come along and tread on the broken fragments. How would the hotel have felt about dealing with that one- a free holiday maybe?

    Who of the two guys above deserves a pat on the back. Get real. Littering is a fineable offence and I hope when this guy comes for his well earned freebee our local sergeant looks at the evidence and fines him on the spot for his sterling efforts!

    • Morris August 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      I am sure your perspective is earnest and we’ll meaning, my comments were written with a broader landscape in view.

      • Todd Stevens August 8, 2015 at 8:14 am

        Ha Ha Ha Ha, mine were written with a cleaner landscape in view.

        All Im saying is that a local, well meaning, hotel has got it wrong and should not be rewarding a litter bug.

  10. Morris August 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    That’s one point of view I suppose!
    What about the romantic aspect to the story worthy of a bit of consideration?
    As the chain is opening a hotel in the Bahamas surely good publicity as well?
    This is a great good news story and we need more at the moment!

  11. Todd Stevens August 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    This is NOT a good example to set. If you really want to reward someone worthy of a free holiday, then pick one of our many local beach cleaners who go out in winter to clear up the rubbish, like this, that gets thrown off vessels at sea, and not those who do the littering!