Paddlers Discover Unique Message in a Bottle – And, Follow Its Request

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A group of canoeists, who call themselves Team Soggy Beavers, discovered a message in a bottle in Victoria, British Columbia’s Inner Harbour, during their recent training for a race from Port Townsend, Washington to Alaska.

As they were paddling along, they noticed something floating in the water and decided to stop, according to canoeist Russell Henry. He immediately shouted, “Hold the boat!” and they turned around to go back and pick it up. It looked like it was full of dust. Russell cracked it open and moved the dust to read, “If you find this, please throw it back in the ocean. My last wish was to see the world.” On the other side, there was a photo of a man with the words ‘Celebration of Life’ written on it.

Suddenly he realized, that wasn’t dust, it was ashes. A dead man’s ashes. He closed it back up, has kept him ever since and calls him Ash. At first, they were going to just throw the bottle back, but since the group will be paddling all the way to Alaska soon, they decided to take him there.

Russell said, “He’s got to see the world, so we got to get him there. Up the coast, there’s the Alaskan current which essentially wraps around over to Asia so chances are if we throw him in the water up there he’ll hopefully get over to Asia. But I think there’s always the chance we find somebody who says, ‘Hey I’m sailing to Japan,’ and we could hand him off. I think it would be cool, people just handing him off so he makes his way around the world.”

When the six Vancouver Island, B.C. paddlers head out from Port Townsend, Washington on June 4 in the race to Alaska, they’ll have a very unique passenger on board, who will get his wish, posthumously at least, to travel the world.