Small History of Message in a Bottle and Us

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The first recorded messages in a bottle were released approximately around 310 BC by the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus, as part of an experiment to show that the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the inflowing Atlantic Ocean.

On his journey back to Spain after discovering the New World, Christopher Columbus’s ship entered a severe storm. Columbus threw a report of his discovery along with a note asking it to be passed on to the Queen of Spain, in a sealed cask into the sea, hoping the news would make it back even if he did not survive. In fact Columbus survived and the sealed report was never found.

In the 16th century the English navy, among others, used bottle messages to send ashore information about enemy positions. Queen Elizabeth I even created an official position of “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles“, and anyone else opening the bottles could face the death penalty.

In May 2005 eighty-eight shipwrecked migrants were rescued off the coast of Costa Rica. They had placed an SOS message in a bottle and tied it to one of the long lines of a passing fishing boat.

The oldest message in a bottle spent 92 years 229 days at sea. A bottom drift bottle, numbered 423B, was released April 25th 1914 and recovered by fisherman, Mark Anderson of Bixter, Shetland, UK, on December 10, 2006.

The stories go on and on throughout history making a message in a bottle one of the most intriguing forms of communications as far back as history can recall. We have taken the theme of Message in a Bottle one step further and made it one of the most elegant greetings or invitations that you can possibly send or receive. Designed beautifully with lovely petite silk flowers inside they also contain a loving message from the sender.

We are a family owned business, including within it’s walls a web designer, bottle designer, photographer and much more. We work hard on giving the best quality designed into each and every bottle we send out. Most of our work is enjoyed here in the continental USA, but we also receive orders as far away as the UK. But the most rewarding gift we send is for our troops that fight to keep our wonderful country safe from harm. They are truly the back bone of the USA.

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