Message In Bottle Floats 3,000 Miles From Scituate MA To Ireland
Ken Baker, a 47 year-old crane operator from Scituate, Massachusetts has thrown 222 messages in bottles from the Scituate Lighthouse into the Atlantic Ocean over the past three years hoping to make contact with people around the world.
According to WCVB 5, Baker received an email on January 2nd from a man in Cullenstown, Ireland saying that his message, launched on July 25, 2014, had been received 3,000 miles away. Baker stated that "This was the first one I got across the ocean. This bottle here took a year and a half to get there."
Also, Baker knows exactly how long the journey took because he numbers all of his messages and logs them in a journal. On each message, Baker stated that he gives his address and the names and ages of his entire family.
46 year-old Colm O'Grady, is the man from Cullenstown, Ireland who responded to Baker.
O'Grady stated that a strong winter storm washed the bottle up onto the rocky southeastern shore of Ireland. His son, Cian, and his nephew, Tiarnan, found the bottle while walking along the beach shore.
Baker began bottle-tossing in 2012 when his wife, Suzanne Grady Baker, had a case of empty San Pellegrino sparkling water bottles to dispose of and that’s when her husband decided to recycle the bottles for fun instead of trash.
This message has gone the farthest, but it is not the first to be found.
Most of Baker’s bottles end up on Cape Cod, but some have been found as far north as Grand Manan Island, Canada, as far south as Long Island, New York, and as far inland as Minnesota.
With additional reporting by Sal Lopez