Tony Hoskings, a retired electrician, said he found the bottle in July while walking his dog in Goonhavern and discovered a message inside from cruise ship passenger Daniel Knopp.
“I noticed paper and could just see that it said Grandeur of the Seas, which I recognized as a cruise ship belonging to the company that my wife and I took a cruise with on their liner Song of America,” Hoskings said.
The message, which bore the date June 21, 2004, reads: “Hello, my name is Daniel Knopp. I am on a cruise ship. I hope whoever reads this finds great joy. God bless.”
The note also identified Knopp’s home as Baltimore, Md.
Hoskings said his local paper, The West Briton, contacted the Baltimore Sun for help in locating Knopp. He was found after a seven-week search and discovered to be a 19-year-old political science student at the University of Maryland.
“I was 14 when I threw the message off the ship in Freeport, in the Bahamas,” Knopp said. “I thought it would be unreal if it were ever to be found, and I figured it would be destroyed by the ocean environment.”
“I was astounded by it not only being found, but the message still being legible — it’s almost story-like that it was located,” he said.
The oceans are a mess already, so don’t do it, but if you were going to put a message in a bottle, what would you say?