Daz and Wendy Jepsen recently did a hike around Cape Liptrap, and in their travels came across an old rum bottle full of messages…So did it contain a pirate’s hidden treasure map or a call for SOS? Well not quite…
The bottle was thrown overboard from the Spirit of Tasmania a month earlier…in that time it had travelled about 140 kilometres along the coast to end up at a secluded beach near the Cape.
Daz and Wendy made contact via email
“Hello over there!
Darren and Wendy from Inverloch here.
We found your bottle with all your messages. Where did you launch it from? We assume Torquay.
It was January 21, we had set out on a 2-day hike along the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park – quite remote and a very hot day. We found the bottle just past Arch Rock on a secluded beach.
Thought we’d attach a bit of info and a few photos – enjoy!
and here’s the reply…
“Hello Darren & Wendy
Graham here – I launched it from the Spirit of Tasmania on Dec 27 2014 at about 12 noon after leaving from Melbourne to go to Devenport the weather was very stormy – as I had to battle the wind and rain to through it overboard and not get caught ( as most likely classified as littering )
We all had just had a family Xmas together and I passed the bottle around and the notes were written
To be honest – I thought that the bottle would be floating around the oceans for many years
The Bottle itself I have had for quite some years it was in a cupboard stored in my Motorhome
Three Monkeys Rum A absolute 5 star rum !
It is a real gem that you found it on your wedding anniversary – a good Omen
I will forward it to all the others …Oh The one who wrote ” Call me for Sex ” was writen my my 84 year old Dad – a very funny guy
we hope you keep the bottle as a true gift
Stay well and enjoy “
Graham J Ablett
In the day and age of instant and targeted media, its great to see some messages that take a bit longer to get through!
See the Messages in a Bottle