MAN HAS COLLECTION OF 1200
MESSAGES IN BOTTLES
WASHED UP ON BEACHES
Ever found a message in a bottle on a beach? Well, here is a man who collects them. Dutch beachcomber Wim Kruiswijk has amassed a collection of 1200 messages-in-bottles over the course of 34 years and has responded to almost all of them.
In the early years, Kruiswijk would find as many as 50 bottles a year, but since 2000 that has slowed to around 20-30 finds, mainly due to beach cleaning efforts. He believes that the rise of the internet has also played a role in the diminishing number of messages in bottles, telling Dutch news site PZC, “I used to get a response at half the bottle messages that I answered. Now that’s less; many people want ‘instant satisfaction.”’
One of the more common uses though is just to send invitations out to prospective pen pals, a quaint notion in these modern times, but, as Kruiswijk so clearly demonstrates, an effective one.
Clancy's comment: People collect all sorts of things, so why not messages in bottles? I was hoping to be in South East Asia for a few months, leaving at the end of April, so check your local beaches for a message from me.
"I'm ... On a desert island. Heeeeelp ..."