Dispatch of Bottle No. 60

Bottle 60

Bottle No. 60, photo: Cathryn Miller (click to enlarge)

I mentioned before that bottle No. 60 was about to make a big journey which this time began on a bike (a tandem bike to be precise), toured through England, and then continued by plane and finally made it to Saskatchewan, Canada. So this bottle already has made quite a journey until it was set afloat two days ago.


The map, and the flight estimate are drawn from google. As far as I know, Cathryn travelled longer than that, not being on a direct flight and all.

Since I forgot to make a photo before I gave Cathryn the bottle in Norwich at a Book Arts Fair, she made a picture for me which you can see on the top. About the dispatch, Cathryn wrote (slightly edited by me):

We went to the launch site by bicycle. The round trip took 1.5 hours of pedalling, most of it on the Trans-Canada Trail and the Meewasin Valley Trail along the river. Total distance: 28.47 km.


The place where we launched the bottle is frequented by dog walkers, but I managed to throw it when no dogs were watching or it would have come straight back! Launch location is marked on the attached map: approximate latitude 52º9¹14.61 N, longitude 106º37¹59.56 W.

mapThe river level is low with a slow current right now. Instead of the current carrying the bottle away from the shore and around the slight curve of land, which is what I expected, it pushed the bottle back towards the shore before rounding the curve. I assume that there was a sandbar (invisible) changing the normal flow pattern.

Hilke's Bottle Launch-6

photo: probably not Cathryn Miller, since she is in the photo 😉

I didn’t drop the bottle from the bridge in the picture for 2 reasons: 1) the bridge is really quite high and I was concerned that the bottle might hit the water surface in a bad way, and 2) the police have been warning people away from entering the river, even issuing tickets. The river, even at low flow (somewhat controlled by a dam farther upstream) is unpredictable, as are the sand bars that shape and shift with changing water flow.

Bottle No. 60 photo: Cathryn Miller

Bottle No. 60, afloat
photo: Cathryn Miller

Thanks for the help, Cathryn! Now I can cross off Canada and the South Saskatchewan River from my personal map of where my bottles were launched.

So, eigentlich sollte ich das jetzt alles nochmal nach Deutsch übersetzen. Vielleicht komme ich die nächsten Tage dazu, jetzt bin ich müde, und ganz schön hungrig (es ist fast 21 Uhr und die letzte richtige Mahlzeit war ein Sandwich um 11). Deshalb nur ganz kurz: Flasche Nummer 60 ist vorgestern in Canada abgeworfen worden. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Dispatch of Bottle No. 60

  1. Hello again. Thank you so much for this information.  I was at that spot about the same time as your friend.  I am so dissapointed that # 60 didn’t get far at all. It is funny though. I am trying to come up with something creative and light weight as well to add to this # 60. I hope you dont mind. I would love to keep it, as it is gorgeous & a real conversation piece, BUT it needs a fair shot to travel & to set sail again. Here in Saskatchewan we are all huge Rough Rider Fans ( football ) so i will go hunt for a little rider Pin or something like it. I’ll also make a little note of me finding it so quickly & hoping the next person is a little further away than saskatoon. I do have the Carpenters twine/string already & will have to go to a craft store for the red wax to reseal it.  I am excited to toss it over a bridge. ( either the Borden Bridge about 1/2 hour West of Saskatoon or the Petrofka Bridge 45 minutes north west of Saskatoon. ) I’ll email you when i do set it off. I’ll get my hubby to take a pic of me tossing it in the drink haha.  Cheers Donna Closen Tiffin!

    • Hello Donna,

      don’t be too disappointed! The bottle HAS travelled far after all – it just wasn’t afloat for very long 🙂
      I like the idea of adding something and throwing it back in. It will be the first bottle to be travelling a second time. If you could send me some pictures of your dispatch that would be great! – With your permission, I’ll post them here.
      I assume the cork is still in one piece? This is the most important part of the closure. If you can get it in far enough, this alone should seal the bottle nicely. The band and wax help the cork to stay put even with a little rougher handling (for example when throwing it down a bridge). Don’t be afraid throwing it down even a high bridge. – I threw some bottles off from the Humber Bridge at low water without any difficulties.
      The item you put inside doesn’t have to be extra lightweight. This is a 100ml bottle, so for it to stay afloat, the bottle and its contents may not weigh more than 100g. Since what I put in is not very heavy, I think you still have plenty of room to go.

      I hope I’ll hear from you and the bottle again!

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  3. Yes, the bottle travelled a long way, though only a little in the river! I love the idea of it being added to and sent on. I think either Borden or Petrofka Bridge would be excellent launch points. (We decided that, since the bottle had come so far already by tandem bicycle, it would be nice to do a local launch from a place we could easily reach on our tandem.)

    Looking forward to future news from Bottle #60!

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