Shetland beach cleaner picks up Atlantic message in a bottle prize

Started by gash, March 03, 2020, 04:10:52 pm

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A message in a bottle which was dropped in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean has been found by a beach cleaner in Shetland.

Henry Anderton's discovery has earned him a prize of $1,000 (£770) and a matching donation towards his chosen environmental charity.

The prize had been promised by a New York-based magazine publisher.

Its team dropped the bottle from the Queen Mary II in December 2018 while sailing from New York to Southampton.

The glass bottle contained a letter from a technology security magazine called 2600, and said its staff would be "astounded" if anyone found it in their lifetime.
It is thought the bottle must have travelled at least 1,500 miles (2,400km) before it was found at Littlelure, Shetland.

Mr Anderton, the beach cleaning advocate who made the discovery, said: "It must have come up the Gulf Stream and taken a right-hand turn.

"They were amazed when I emailed them to say I had found it."

He has previously discovered other messages in bottles and replied to the senders - but said it was mainly rubbish that he found on the beach.

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