Scotland man finds message in a bottle from Tri-City girl

Tri-City Herald staff writerMay 22, 2013 

A message in a bottle washed ashore in Northern Scotland this week with a note inside from a Tri-City girl.

Andrew Glaister, 29, found the bottle while walking on the beach next to Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland, where he is the head gardener.

The castle was once the home of Queen Elizabeth II’s mother.

The note asks whomever finds the bottle to contact the Tri-City Herald in Washington, as well as the John O’Groat Journal in Caithness, Glaister said.

After reading the contents, Glaister discovered it was written by a young girl named Martha who was visiting her friend, Rhona, who lives in Caithness. Martha was traveling on Scrabster ferry to Orkney to visit her grandparents.

“I was out walking on the beach just below the castle around 8:30 p.m. (Wednesday) when I noticed a bottle being washed ashore,” Glaister told the Herald in a telephone interview. “It caught my eye and I picked it up and noticed a rolled-up piece of paper inside.”

The plastic bottle had been sullied from drifting in the turbulent waters of the North Atlantic since June 16, 2011. Yet it preserved its contents fairly well, Glaister said, with only slight water damage around the edges of a portion of the letter.

Here’s what Martha wrote:

Our names are Martha and Rhona.

We are not sure if anyone will find this, but we would be delighted if someone has!

We would be very grateful if you would send a message to the John O’Groat Journal in Scotland or the Tri-City Herald in Washington USA.

We would absolutely love to know how this bottle has been found and most importantly the date!

It was dropped from the Scrabster Ferry to Orkney. I am visiting my good friend Rhona (yes! I spell it right!) in Scotland and then visiting my grandparents who live in Orkney! Please respond because it would mean the world to us!

Sincerely, Martha and Rhona.

Glaister honored Martha’s request and contacted the Herald. He also plans to get in touch with the Scotland newspaper.

“I don’t know why Martha didn’t put her last name or her phone number or email so I could have contacted her when I found her bottle,” he said. “I hope she’ll see the story you write, and if she does, I would love to have her contact me.”

So, the search is on for a young Tri-City girl named Martha, who visited Scotland two years ago and tossed a message in a bottle into the sea.

-- Dori O’Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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