It’s something we’ve seen in countless Hollywood blockbusters, but did you know that sending messages in bottles dates all the way back to 310 B.C.?
Greek philosopher Theophrastus is the first recorded person to send messages in bottles, using them as a tool to help advance his studies of ocean currents. During his research, he was able to prove that the Mediterranean Sea was formed by in-flowing currents from the Atlantic Ocean.
Throughout history, messages in bottles were used by many memorable historical figures. Christopher Columbus is said to have written out an in-depth explanation of everything he found in the New World, which he sent in a wooden barrel to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Heck, even Queen Elizabeth created a royal position of “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles” believing that some bottles that washed ashore could contain British military secrets.
But while most of these messages never find their intended readers, one South Carolina woman was just reunited with her own message in a bottle nearly three decades later.