Mum finds 100-year-old message in a bottle while scuba diving and tracks down author's ‘flabbergasted’ daughter

Mum finds 100-year-old message in a bottle while scuba diving and tracks down author's ‘flabbergasted’ daughter

A MUM discovered a 100-year-old message in a bottle whilst scuba diving and went on a mission to track down the author's family.

Boat captain Jennifer Dowker came across the green glass bottle on Friday in the Cheboygan River, in Michigan, US.


Eagerly rushing back to her boat, the mum-of-three unravelled the message, which read: "Will the person who finds this bottle return this paper to George Morrow, Cheboygan, Michigan and tell where it was found? November 1926."

After posting online in the hope of finding its owner, Jennifer claims she was 'in awe' as the daughter of George, Michele Primeau, 74, reached out.

The daughter recognised her dad's handwriting and admitted the 'sentimental' character often wrote notes and left them in places.

Jennifer, from Cheboygan, in Michigan, US, said: "I am just so flabbergasted by the whole situation.

"It's incredible. I am sitting back in awe at everything. It was like winning the lottery in my mind.

Jennifer had been cleaning the windows of her boat last week when she decided to join her friend Walter in the water, as he had been practising breathing through a regulator.

It's incredible. I am sitting back in awe at everything. It was like winning the lottery in my mind.

She said: "I like to scuba dive the river and find old artifacts. I saw the little green bottle sitting on top of a fish bed. I picked it up and looked at it, and I could see the paper inside.

"It was about two-thirds full of water and I thought 'oh no', but I could find the word 'this' through the glass.

"I was like 'holy c**p, this is so cool'," she said.

The boat owner, who runs Nautical North Family Adventures, then swam back to her friends on the boat, clutching the piece of history in her hands, before scrambling on to the deck to read the note.

That night, she posted a picture on social media in the hope a local resident might come forward and know the owner.

Since then, the post has attracted more than 98,000 shares and 5,900 comments from amazed readers.

Jennifer said: "On Saturday morning I was out on the boat doing a scuba dive with some of my clients and once they were in the water, I looked at Facebook and thought 'what has happened?'

"One of the people messaging me gave me a phone number for a lady, but on my way home, the lady called me.

"She said 'I'm 100% sure this is my dad'. He's dead now, he died in 1995 and she's in her seventies.

"She was almost in tears. She said 'this is exactly what he would do'. He was always putting papers in the wall and bottles in the water.

"She said he was born in November 15, so she figured he had dropped it in the water near his 18th birthday."

George's daughter Michele, from Farmington Hills, in Detroit, Michigan, said: "I can't believe all this.

"It was interesting because it was Father's Day that weekend and it brought back lots of memories about him. I knew immediately it was my dad.

"He was very sentimental and did things like that. I remember one time when we were camping, he did that in one of our great lakes here, Lake Keiran.

"It shocked me because he died in 1995. It's a long time. To see his handwriting after all this time was quite moving."

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