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Captain Jennifer Dowker said it was the first message in a bottle she’s ever found

When boat captain Jennifer Dowker saw a small green bottle at the bottom of the Cheboygan River, she picked it up, thinking it might keep a prospective client interested in scuba diving. 

Little did she know she had found something that would interest many more than just the one client. 

Dowker is the owner of Nautical North Family Adventures, which runs shipwreck tours and scuba diving lessons in Cheboygan, Michigan. Last week, while she was cleaning the bottom of her glass-bottomed boat, the Yankee Sunshine, she found a message in a bottle dated 1926.

Dowker told Fox News that she finds a lot of glass bottles and even has a collection, though she had never found a message in a bottle until last week.

Honestly, I figured it was just another bottle until, when I picked it up off the fish bed, I could see that there was a paper inside, so I was like, oh, that’s pretty cool,” Dowker told Fox. 

Dowker said she returned to the boat to show the discovery to her first mate and the diving client.

Dowker handed the bottle — which was about two-thirds full of water — to her first mate, who removed what remained of the cork. Dowker said they had trouble removing the paper from the bottle, so used a pick in order to keep the bottle intact.

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