Message in a Bottle

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06 Aug 1978
A message in a bottle. " IF ANY BODY ELSE FIND THIS / BOTTLE, PLEASE WRIT TO US AS A PEN / FRIENDS. ANYWAY WE ALL CREW FROM / P.N.G AND HERE IS THE FLOWING NAMES/ MR PHILLIP DOUGLAS 21 / " ROBERT A 22 / " M TANA / " MANUEL KASAIbubuMA 23 / ADDRESS - MS PAPUAN CHIEF / C/O INTEROCEAN SWIRE / G.P.O BOX 4263 / SYDNEY N.S.W 2001 / AUST/ IT HAS BEEN THROWING ON THIS / DATE (6/8/78) / MR ROBINSON FAITHELY 23 " is written in blue pen on a single sheet of lined paper. " FOUND PIHOI / 24/1/1980 " is written in small lettering in black pen near the bottom of the message. The message was dispatched in a green glass cognac bottle with a metal screw top lid. " COGNAC FRANCE JAS HENNESSY & CO. " is marked on the underside of the bottle. " HENNESSY & CO COGNAC " is marked on the lid.
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06 Aug 1978
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This message in a bottle was dispatched by five members of the cargo freighter Papuan Chief on 6 August 1978. At this time it is thought the freighter had been chartered by the New Guinea Australia Line for the service between Australia and Papua New Guinea. It was found by Ian Mercer on the beach at Pihoi, near the Awakino River, on 24 January 1980. The lid was sealed with masking tape when it was found. The Mercers wrote a letter using the details provided on the message but never received a response.
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