Message in a bottle tells decade–long tale
A MESSAGE in a bottle that was left 10 years ago on Whitehaven Beach has been found by Cruise Whitsundays staff.
Cherie Louise and her coworker Monique HartleySmith, were completing their standard check for rubbish on the beach before departing with day cruise guests when they saw the bottle lying in the sand dunes.
“We joked before we picked it up – wouldn’t it be funny if there was a message in it,” Ms Louise said.
On discovering the note, which was damp and falling apart, the pair managed to reassemble it, revealing a message left by six holidaymakers in 2004.
The message from August 5, reads, “We, the good friends and crew of the Blueberry Hill do pledge to return to this spot at a time in the future to retrieve this bottle and remember the good times we’ve had and the good friends we have”.
It was signed by Melbourne residents Joe and Susan Marguccio and Wayne and Sandy Henderson and Pete and Marion Heywood, now of Sydney.
The six amigos chartered the motor catamaran Blueberry Hill, on a self-skippered or bareboat holiday with Cumberland Charter Yachts in August 2004 to celebrate Joe’s 50th birthday.
They brought the bottle of Penfold’s St Henri with them and on cruising to Whitehaven Beach and spending the day there, they wrote the note, signed it, took photos, tied a small yellow rope to a tree as a marker and buried it deep in the sand dunes, making a pact to one day return and retrieve it.
After reading the message, Ms Louise and Ms HartleySmith googled Blueberry Hill and traced the vessel to Cumberland Charter Yachts, where staff were able to pin down the Hendersons who returned to the Whitsundays in 2008.
Apparently in this year, they searched Whitehaven Beach high and low but could not find the tree or marker and disappointedly reported to their friends that they suspected it was lost.
Cumberland Charter Yachts and Cruise Whitsundays have invited the group to return and have another Whitsunday sailing holiday in August 2014 to celebrate Joe’s 60th birthday and to meet the staff who helped make the story complete.
A BIT OF FUN: The crew of Blueberry Hill, Pete Heywood, Susan Marguccio, Sandy Henderson, Marion Heywood, Wayne Henderson and Joe Marguccio.
IN WRITING: This message survived 10 years in a bottle buried on Whitehaven Beach.