How many bottles bearing messages to the future does anyone set adrift in their lives?
Countless is my guess. And how quaint and poignant and old-and-yet-new they seem when the bottles wash up on this present beach. Wow and d'oh in a single breath.
In Scotland, a skipper retrieved an actual bottle of this sort and set a new world's record. The bottle had been set adrift 98 years ago and the message inside offered six pence to anyone who might retrieve and return it to the lab that was studying ocean currents.
What a surprise, this new old stuff.