It was June 10, 1981.

MTV did not exist but. It was set to launch later that summer time. Anticipation was excessive for the summer time blockbuster set to launch later that week: Raiders of the Misplaced Ark. Grolsch beer, in its darkish brown bottle and swing prime, was driving a wave of summer time reputation. 

It was a stifling scorching summer time day in Fernadina Seashore, Fla. As temperatures climbed in the direction of ninety nine°, a brown glass bottle sailed by means of the air and landed within the Amelia River, simply off the Atlantic Coast. Inside, a handwritten letter with a easy request from an easier time: 

“This bottle was set adrift off Fernandina Seashore, Florida on the tenth of June, 1981. To the finder I might recognize it in case you would reply as to the place, when and located by whom. My everlasting tackle is as follows on the again. Thanks, Douglas H. Stephens”

A Chamblee, Ga. tackle was captured in good blue ink on the again aspect of the ripped-off white paper. It stayed there for 36 years.  

June 17, 2017.

Ryan Burchett was fishing at his favourite spot on Little St. Simons with household and associates. The group was strolling alongside the shore on the lookout for seashells when Burchett noticed a glimmer of brown glass.

“I knew it appeared somewhat totally different,” he stated. “Once I held it as much as the solar, I might see a notice inside.” He popped the highest, however the swing prime separated from the cork. It fell to items, with the notice nonetheless trapped inside.

“I assumed, ‘How on the planet am I going to get this out?'” he stated. However he needed to know what that word stated. Ultimately, he was capable of wrap the paper round a stick and pull it out. When he noticed the notice was greater than three many years previous from a seashore about forty miles away, he was shocked. 

“I feel it in all probability landed close to Little St. Simons years in the past, and has been sitting on the backside all this time, ” he stated. 

He was decided to comply with by means of on that straightforward request, however wasn’t positive the place to start out. A fast search confirmed the Chamblee tackle listed had been purchased and bought a number of occasions because the 1980’s. A good friend instructed he harness the facility of social media.

There was only one drawback: Ryan Burchett wasn’t on Fb.

A mutual pal recommended he ask the Southeast Journey Outfitters on the town to publish the notice. They did. Greater than 1500 shares and a whole lot of feedback, tags, and connections later, Burchett made a telephone name to the person behind the message: Douglas Stephens. 

Stephens hadn’t seen the photographs of his lengthy-in the past…