There was a man who could get across his message to his loved ones even in the face of death and the face of a storm. Though, his message was delivered after a gap of 76 years later.
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H.E. Hillbrick sailing on board on SS Stanthnaver, a British Royal Mail Ship, preordained to carry people from England to Australia and vice-versa in the 1940s. The Ship got trapped in a flood in the middle of the sea. Death was unavoidable. Mr. Hillbrick, left helpless, tossed a note in a bottle in the sea hoping his message would get delivered to his family. 76 years later his wish came true when the message in the bottle was found in New Zealand by Geoff Flood while he was taking a leisure walk along a beach.
And guess what the note read!
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It said; “At sea. Would the finder of this bottle kindly forward this note, where found, date, to underneath address.”
The address led Geoff to H.E. Hillbrick, 72, Richmond Street, Leederville, Western Australia where he met Hillbrick’s grandson Peter.
Peter feels huge gratitude for Geoff for giving him this most precious memory of his grandfather. A note written by his grandfather himself. Peter has donated the bottle to Maritime Institute, New Zealand.
Peter told the local media, “The only connection I have with Grandfather is now that bottle. That’s about all. So, it’s a fascinating story.”