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Message reaches shore after decades

Wellington - A New Zealand man has found a bottle with a note inside that was apparently tossed into the sea from a ship 76 years ago, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

Geoff Flood, who found the bottle on Sunday on Ninety Mile Beach, in the far north of the country, told the New Zealand Herald: “It could easily have been two or three times around the world.”

The note inside, dated March 17, 1936, was handwritten on a sheet of paper bearing the P&O shipping company's logo and a picture of the liner SS Strathnaver.

It read: “At sea. Would the finder of this bottle kindly forward this note, where found, date, to undermentioned address.” It is signed H.E. Hillbrick, 72 Richmond Street, Leederville, Western Australia.

Flood said he had tracked down a distant member of Herbert Ernest Hillbrick's family who was “very excited” about the discovery. - Sapa-dpa

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