American finds Nova Scotians’ message in a bottle on Bahamian seashore

American finds Nova Scotians’ message in a bottle on Bahamian seashore

Byron Miller was just lately strolling on a seashore within the Bahamas and noticed one thing. A thought went by way of his head.

“Cannot be one other observe in a bottle,” mentioned the vacationer from Ocracoke Island, N.C.

This was the third bottle he had discovered on a seashore in Manjack Cay, Bahamas. However in contrast to the others, this one was initially tossed from a ship off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Tucked contained in the wine bottle was a Ziploc bag containing a observe with six names on it and a few geographic co-ordinates. 4 of the names have been totally spelled out, however the final names for the opposite two have been reduce off.

Miller turned to Fb to seek out the bottle-droppers. Noticing a number of of the names turned up outcomes for folks from Nova Scotia, he was certain he’d discovered a match.

A map shows ocean currents.
The bottle seemingly travelled in a clockwise course, latching on to totally different ocean currents, earlier than reaching its ultimate vacation spot within the Bahamas. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

Miller, 54, contacted them and discovered they have been fishermen from southwestern Nova Scotia. On their method again from cod fishing in July 2016, they positioned the bottle between Georges Financial institution and Browns Financial institution.

Pierce Atwood is without doubt one of the six fishermen who was on the boat that day. The fishermen reside inside 50 kilometres of one another in Shelburne and Yarmouth counties.

Atwood mentioned they’ve positioned different bottles whereas fishing.

A wine bottle is shown by some rope on a boat.
This was the wine bottle discovered by Miller. (Submitted by Byron Miller)

He mentioned he is stunned the bottle travelled for that lengthy and did not get damaged or wash up someplace it would not be discovered.

“Some folks would have simply picked up the bottle and thought it was trash and never even trouble to open it, so it’s loopy that this occurred the best way it did,” he advised CBC Information in a Fb message.

CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon mentioned the bottle most definitely hitched a experience on the Gulf Stream, taking it into the centre of the North Atlantic, alongside the eastbound North Atlantic present.

A weathered piece of paper shows six names and geographic coordinates.
The observe listed the names of the six fishermen who put the bottle within the water, in addition to geographic co-ordinates of the place they dropped the bottle. (Submitted by Byron Miller)

From there, it seemingly started its journey southward, alongside the Canary Present within the Japanese North Atlantic. Finally, whereas nearing the equator, the bottle would have headed again westbound alongside the North Equatorial present and into the Bahamas.

Whereas Miller discovered his newest bottle on the north finish of the Manjack Cay seashore, he mentioned his earlier finds have been on the southern finish. His earlier finds have been initially tossed from a French warship off the coast of Senegal and from a ship off Portugal.

A fishing crew is shown in a photo.
These are the fishermen who positioned the message in a bottle. From left are Jimmie Atwood, Brett Sears, Pierce Atwood, Joey Atwood and Alex Huskins. Lacking from the photograph is Brian Pothier. (Submitted by Pierce Atwood)

Miller suspects the bottle solely landed there just lately due to the storm surges that hit the seashore from earlier hurricanes like Dorian in 2019 and Ian in 2022.

“Figuring out how that was, I can nearly assure that that bottle had not been on that seashore earlier than then as a result of if it had been, it will have been pushed a complete lot additional inland,” he mentioned.

A tropical beach is shown on a sunny day.
That is the Manjack Cay, Bahamas, seashore the place Miller discovered the bottle. (Submitted by Byron Miller)