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.



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