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This is a note that was put in a bottle by four teenagers. Sid Ingram found the note years later
This is a note that was put in a bottle by four teenagers. Sid Ingram found the note years later

With hundreds of thousands of kilometres of shoreline in the world, the possibilities are endless for what a person may find washed ashore.

Sid Ingram of Burgeo, an inshore fisherman, loves to hike along the shoreline, searching for treasures from the sea.
The treasures he values the most are messages found in bottles, and over the years he has added many to his collection.
It started in 1985 when he was at Wreck Island gathering firewood along the beaches. It was there he noticed a small rum bottle, barely visible among the rocks.
It gave the name of Hubert Jensen and an address, to which Ingram sent the note back, explaining where it came from.
Ingram said about a month later he received a box of Florida oranges and a thank you note, explaining the bottle had been thrown from a cruise ship near the area of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Ingram and Jenson kept in contact for many years before Jensen died.
Ingram kept scouring the beaches and found more bottles as the years went by. Some of those include a note from a young girl vacationing with her parents, a note from a girl in Gander thrown from a Marine Atlantic ferry, a note from a young boy and his babysitter just three kilometres away and one in an ice cream tub belonging to two boys in Burgeo that he put back into its container and sent it on its journey again.

Sid Ingram of Burgeo, an inshore fisherman, loves to hike along the shoreline, searching for treasures from the sea.
The treasures he values the most are messages found in bottles, and over the years he has added many to his collection.
It started in 1985 when he was at Wreck Island gathering firewood along the beaches. It was there he noticed a small rum bottle, barely visible among the rocks.
It gave the name of Hubert Jensen and an address, to which Ingram sent the note back, explaining where it came from.
Ingram said about a month later he received a box of Florida oranges and a thank you note, explaining the bottle had been thrown from a cruise ship near the area of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Ingram and Jenson kept in contact for many years before Jensen died.
Ingram kept scouring the beaches and found more bottles as the years went by. Some of those include a note from a young girl vacationing with her parents, a note from a girl in Gander thrown from a Marine Atlantic ferry, a note from a young boy and his babysitter just three kilometres away and one in an ice cream tub belonging to two boys in Burgeo that he put back into its container and sent it on its journey again.

Sid Ingram of Burgeo displays some of the notes he has received in bottles. Many of the notes were returned.

One of his biggest finds was five bottles containing the same note but from different people in 1988. Ingram returned the notes and later received a thank you from a school teacher, who explained the bottles were part of a school project. Thirty bottles with notes had been thrown into the sea from a Marine Atlantic ship in St. Johns, but two years later, only those five had been found.
Ingram has found many notes of the years and believes that most of the bottles have travelled with the tides in an east-to-west direction.
He chuckles to himself while displaying his most recent find, which read: “I was a fool to put this note in a bottle thinking someone would find it and you are a bigger fool to read it.”
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