A woman who works for Nautical North Family Adventures in Cheboygan, Michigan made an incredible discovery this week in Lake Huron. She was “washing the windows” of the glass bottomed boat when she came across a small green bottle that had a paper scroll inside of it. When she climbed back aboard and opened the bottle she discovered a message written on paper that reads:
“WILL THE PERSON WHO FINDS THIS BOTTLE, RETURN THIS PAPER TO GEORGE MORROW CHEBOYGAN, MICHIGAN. and tell where it was found? September 1926.”
After posting pictures of her discovery on social media people immediately sought out the person behind the maritime missive. WKFR reports it looks as though the family has been tracked down, as a quick search shows that George Morrow was actually buried in Kalamazoo. According to Ancestry there was a George Joseph Morrow born in 1908 in Cheboygan. He died in 1995 in Farmington Hills and is buried in Kalamazoo. The age would seem to be correct as he would have been about 18 when the letter went into the bottle. The family was contacted:
“I called the daughter on the phone. She is so excited!! She said that this is exactly what her father would have done. They do not have Facebook so she had no clue that so many people were searching for her family. I emailed her all the info of the company and the pictures posted.”
The oldest message in a bottle to date was discovered in the Indian Ocean and was 132 years old upon its discovery in 2018.
image from Nautical North Family Adventures FB