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B.C. canoeists find human ashes & note in bottle “to see the world”

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What a neat story in the midst of all the bad news globally and the anti-conservative whining nationally.

I just read on CBC via Twitter that a team of B.C. canoeists called “Team Soggy Beavers” found a bottle in the water in Victoria’s inner harbour this week. They are apparently training to take a trek to Alaska in early June.

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What they found in the bottle were ashes, a photo and a note. The note apparently says it was “a celebration of life” and should anyone find the bottle to put it back in the water. The note also says: “My last wish to see the world.

So, the canoeists, who call the fellow “Ash” plan to take his ashes and the bottle to Alaska with them and then either throw it back in the water or “to pass it off ” to someone sailing to Asia and to continue that process clear around the globe.

It would be nice if someone recognized the story about this bottle so that we could find out exactly who the man was.

In the meantime, I agree that continuing the world-wide journey through passing the bottle would also be a very nice thing to do. At some point, however, the bottle needs to be put back in the water because that is what “Ash” wanted the finders to do.


Sandy is a retired educator, author & former conservative political strategist. She operated the first "Crux of the Matter" from 2006 until 2017 and opened this "Crux of the Matter 2.0" blog in late August, 2018.

5 thoughts on “B.C. canoeists find human ashes & note in bottle “to see the world”

  1. “Believed in the hereafter?” That’s my guess too Liz. I printed this to get one more title on the search engines in case anyone recognizes the story.


  2. I suggest Ash may have been a land locked stubble jumper from Sask, so by all means pass him back into the sea to satisfy his dying wish.


  3. Dennis — I assume a “stubble jumper” is a farmer. Do you actually know something about this situation?


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