Sea ball found on Balephetrish beach by Ulrike Rawson, Balephetrish. Sea balls are formed when marram grass and other natural marine fibres are rolled into a tight ball by wave action. Today, they often form around sea rubbish like discarded fishing line fragments.
Letter to Ulrike Rawson, Balephetrish in reply to message in to bottle found by Donald Brown, Vaul, 1999
Letter from seaman Peter Fairbairn, Northumberland, who regularly launches messages in bottles. Donald Brown found the message, and Ulrike Rawson replied to the message. The bottle was launched off the eastern seaboard of America or the Caribbean between May 1989 and December 1990. That`s 9-10 years at sea!. The letter from Peter Fairbairn to Ulrike gives details of his travels at sea in the oil industry, including a copy of the page from his seaman`s book that shows his location at the time he launched the bottle.