Australian boy, 13, finds message in a letter dropped in the ocean by a British teenager 50 years

Mail Online | 11/17/1969 | Thomas Duff For Daily Mail Australia
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An Australian boy who found a message in a bottle while fishing with his father on a secluded beach has found the British man who wrote the note 50 years ago.

Paul Gilmore, then 13, was with his family on board the cruise ship TSS Fairstar from Southhampton, in the UK, to Melbourne, when he throw the bottle into the ocean.

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The young Mr Gilmore wanted to find a pen pal and wrote a short letter about who he was, where he was going and where to send a reply letter.

He put the letter in a glass Coca Cola bottle and tossed it into the Indian Ocean, hoping to hear back from someone once he arrived in Australia.

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Now, five decades later, the note has been discovered buried in sand dunes by 13-year-old Australian boy Jyah Elliott who was fishing with his father.

Mr Gilmore wrote in the note that he had dropped the bottle 1000 miles (1600km) east - although he likely meant west - of Fremantle, near Perth.

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Little Jyah found the bottle on Talia Beach, South Australia, roughly 2300 miles (3700km) away.

The ABC tracked down Mr Gilmore through his extended family in the UK, and were able to speak to his sister, Annie Crossland, after a public appeal online.

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Ms Crossland, who now lives in the north of England, said her brother would be 'absolutely chuffed to bits' when he discovered his letter had been found.

He is currently on a cruise in the Baltics.

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Ms Crossland was on board the ship with her older brother at the time and said she remembered him writing letters and putting them in bottles.

'He sent about six of them, so it's good that one of them has surfaced,' Ms Crossland told the ABC.

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'It was the first time we'd been abroad...
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