Message in a bottle

Raissa Tetanish
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Marilyn Bird looks at a bottle she found along the shores of Prince Edward Island that contained a letter with a destination of Germany. Bird had the letter, which was written in German, translated and followed the writer's wishes to have the letter mailed to its recipient. The bottle contained $5 to cover the cost of postage. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - Marilyn Bird came across something on the beach very few get to lay claim to - a message in a bottle.


Bird and her husband, Lester, were visiting family members in St. Peter's Bay, P.E.I. last month when they came across the treasure on May 18.

"We went for a walk on the beach that evening. We were looking for beach glass for my niece who collects it," she said. "I got to thinking, 'Wouldn't it be interested to find something different?'"


That's when the sun shone down on something that caught Bird's attention - a small green bottle made from glass.

She said the bottle contained a $5 bill and some paper, however at first glance she couldn't see what was on the paper because it was folded over.

Under the twist-off cap, the sender added a piece from a plastic bag to keep the water out.

Taking out the paper, Bird and her family realized the letter was written in German and weren't able to read what it said.

Arriving back in Amherst, the Birds enlisted the help of Morris Haugg in translating the letter, which was dated May 7, 2011. The sender was writing from the Iles de la Madeleine, or Magdalen Islands.

Along with the letter, the bottle contained a card asking whoever found the bottle to mail it to its German recipient, which is why the $5 was also included.


Geographic location: AMHERST, Iles de la Madeleine, Magdalen Islands

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