Found in West Seattle: Bottle, with message. Yours?

November 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 16 Comments

After two days of items falling out of the skies, tonight, something that washed up. Brenda found the wine bottle shown below – message inside, Beringer label outside – on a West Seattle beach, and hopes to find out who cast it out to sea and where/when:

I was out with some dogs on a private beach area near the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock in West Seattle when one of the dogs went out to the tide line and showed me a bottle floating in the water. I picked the bottle up and saw it had a note in it. The note got a bit wet and dried it out so could get out of the bottle. Unfortunately, it is really hard to read the note but can make out some of it along with a small surprise within the bottle. I would like to tell whomever where their bottle ended up. If anyone recognizes their treasure, please respond. I can read enough of the note to know if it is you or not. This was an exciting find and will look forward to letting the person know. I do know it is from the US & within the last year from what is on and in the bottle. If this is someone from West Seattle, this will work…..otherwise, it will remain a mystery. Thanks.

Yours? Or someone you know? Brenda will be checking the comments.

16 Comments

  1. Did you break the bottle? (Wine not? I would ask, but I am a pun addict).

    Comment by JayDee — 7:32 pm November 14, 2013 #

  2. That’s a cool idea! Maybe I will have to try it sometime… I’d be worried that people would think I was just littering though (which I guess technically I would be!).

    Comment by Shannon — 9:21 pm November 14, 2013 #

  3. This is definitely NOT a cool idea….we absolutely do not need more littering of our already polluted waters. Please drink your wine and throw the bottle in the recycle bin–no one really cares what you have to say unless your stuffing dollar bills in that bottle!

    Comment by Ollie — 9:35 pm November 14, 2013 #

  4. @Ollie
    Chill out! Are you truly suggesting greed over romance? Sad. Sad day for you.

    Comment by WTF — 10:07 pm November 14, 2013 #

  5. Say what???? There is no romance in throwing wine bottles in the Sound. My point was simply that if you do choose to litter at least throw some dollars in the bottle to help pay for the clean up. I live on the beach and see all the crap that people discard come in with the tides on a daily basis. If you want romance, try Match.com!

    Comment by Ollie — 11:12 pm November 14, 2013 #

  6. As a diver, I’d have to agree with Ollie on the no bottles – there are far two many along with other junk at the bottom of the Sound.

    Comment by James — 11:25 pm November 14, 2013 #

  7. @Ollie
    Whoa, seriously? Is this an episode of Portlandia?

    Comment by Melissa — 12:14 am November 15, 2013 #

  8. The history of notes in bottles is quite interesting. Thought would look at Wikipedia and on line. In 2012 a note in a bottle was found dating back to ancient Greece. Wikipedia really is quite interesting on how these bottles have been used in history. From what I read, scientists today use them to check currents. These are usually set up to stay at the top of the water and not go to the bottom. I think the bottles seen on the bottom of the Sound are empty bottles that people do recklessly discard. I think whomever did this did it in innocent fun or perhaps a science experiment. Let’s not be so hard on those that do this.

    Comment by Bee — 7:35 am November 15, 2013 #

  9. Sand becomes glass, and glass becomes sand. This looks like real glass and real cork. True: don’t dump plastic waste on the beach or into the waters, but the glass and cork are not a real issue in the long term. I am not saying everyone should dump their bottles in the Sound, and we should all recycle, but the occasional romantic or research gesture is not what is killing our waters. Give it a rest. Can’t wait to see the outcome.

    Comment by Kris — 9:38 am November 15, 2013 #

  10. It’s mine if it contains any cash

    Comment by M — 11:34 am November 15, 2013 #

  11. Mystery solved! Thank you to Brenda for posting her discovery. Indeed this was the innocent work of an 8 year old boy and his friends who were seeking light-hearted adventure mixed with a bit of science and discovery. The bottle set sail the weekend of November 2 from Fauntleroy Cove. No harm to the fragile ecosystem was intended. He was thrilled to see his bottle made “famous” on the WS blog and the fact that it ended up in the hands of someone who was willing to take the adventure one step further.

    Comment by Gemma — 12:09 pm November 15, 2013 #

  12. Thanks, Gemma! If we don’t get a comment from Brenda shortly, I’ll ping her by e-mail to make sure she sees this.

    Comment by WSB — 12:11 pm November 15, 2013 #

  13. This was a wonderful adventure and am happy to hear from Gemma about the history of the bottle. This was a special find to me in various ways. I was thrilled to find it and especially excited to find out about the background of it. Thank you so much Gemma and let the 8 year old know this was a treasure to me as it really did have special meaning to me which I will not go into here. I also thank the West Seattle Blog for posting this for me. This is a very happy ending.

    Comment by Brenda — 2:02 pm November 15, 2013 #

  14. Ollie, ollie and you nay sayers; have you forgotten the child in yourselves? I feel sorry for you. I too live on the beach and constantly pick up garbage. No big deal. It’s what I do. I would be thrilled to find a bottle from a child. thank you, Brenda.

    Comment by Beach gramma — 4:50 pm November 15, 2013 #

  15. Thanks Beach gramma!

    Comment by Brenda — 5:18 pm November 15, 2013 #

  16. about 8 yrs ago, a friend of my did this near lincoln park. we wrote a note wishing someone a great day, and put random goodies from our purses. we never heard anything about it! Seeing this post made me really happy!

    Comment by a — 12:55 pm November 17, 2013 #

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