What started off as a typical Friday turned into the “coolest night diving” ever for boat captain Jennifer Dowker of Cheboygan, Michigan. Jennifer is the owner and operator of Nautical North Family Adventures.
She was cleaning the windows of her glass bottom vessel, the “Yankee Sunshine,” when she spotted something glinting up from the river bottom. That was very interesting for her so she decided to stop and look what was there?
“I spotted that green bottle on the top of a fish bed, so I said, ‘Oh that looks cool,’ so I reached down and grabbed it and noticed there was paper in it,” Jennifer explained. “So immediately, I was like, ‘Alright this is great.’”
Inside the bottle, she unearthed a message no one had set eyes on in 95 years. The note, dated 1926, read: “Will the person who finds this bottle give this paper to George Morrow, Cheboygan Michigan.”
Jennifer was so excited about her discovery that she shared the news on Facebook. Her posts began to spread, and as interest increased, Jennifer’s chances of finding George or his family also increased.
The internet worked its magic and George’s daughter was found. Her name was Michelle Primo and she immediately reached out to ask Jennifer for confirmation.
Although knowing the bottle was “completely shocking” to Michelle, after reflection, she realized that this was exactly what her late father liked to do
“He would always do little things like when we were building our basement he was putting up the paneling and he put a note behind that,” Michele said. “I know the date on the bottle was November 26, and his birthday was in November. It wouldn’t surprise me if he just did that on his birthday.”
Soon, Jennifer and Michele were able to meet up via video conference to discuss their connection. Michele plans to take a trip to Cheboygan in September to see her dad’s note in person, but she decided not to bring the note back home with her.