Thursday, November 7

The Castaway And The Message In A Bottle Coincidence

Castaway Robinson Crusoe standing over Man Friday - A 1719 illustration
Here's a short coincidence story I came across 'by chance' when I was looking for information on Castaways!

This is the story as told on Wikipedia:

"In 1784, Chunosuke Matsuyama, a Japanese seaman and 43 of his companions began a voyage to find buried treasure on a Pacific island. During the voyage, a storm blew the group's ship onto a coral reef and forced the sailors to seek refuge on a nearby island.

The crew, however, were unable to find fresh water or sufficient food on the island. With a limited food supply, consisting mostly of crabs and coconuts, the sailors began to die from dehydration and starvation.

Before his own death, Matsuyama carved a message telling the story of his group's shipwreck into thin pieces of wood from a coconut tree, which he inserted into a bottle and threw into the ocean. Approximately 151 years later, in 1935, a Japanese seaweed collector found the bottle. The bottle had washed ashore in the village of Hiraturemura, where Matsuyama was born."

Hope it's a true story!

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  1. I’m currently reading,”Collectomania”,which I picked up at the Byron Bay WF.

    I mentioned this book over at Synchrosectrets .com in the latest post today.
    In ”Collectomania” on the section about snow domes there are pictured a few scenes in a bottle from Italy.It's been a rather sync filled book for me.

  2. Wow, the bottle made its way to where the man was born! How incredible is that?