In late spring, Susan Hennes of East Patchogue was walking along the shore of Bellport Bay in Brookhaven, searching the sand for beach glass and coins, when she discovered a vintage Grolsch bottle with a porcelain top and an air tight clamp. Inside, she found a rolled-up note, slightly weathered but well preserved, dated December 1, 1972, which stated: “This is for a science experiment. We are studying the currents around Fire Island. Please return to William Floyd High School. Very important to be returned. Reward $50.”
After some “digging,” the district learned that the experiment was conducted by then first-year science teacher, William Kiriazis in 1972, who conducted similar experiments over the course of the next decade or so. The district then arranged for Mr. Kiriazis to meet with Ms. Hennes at the site of the find along with Christine Rosado, director of STEM Education, William Floyd School District, to discuss the experiment and what students today can learn from this unique find.
On Thursday, August 1, all three met with the media at the location. The news reports are linked below. (Please note some may require a password to view).
The bottle, the note along with news articles will be placed in a shadow box and preserved in the Rita Rech Museum of William Floyd School District History.
Newsday: “Enlightening in a Bottle” (also pictured below/click to enlarge)
CBS News 2: Message in a Bottle Used to Study Ocean Currents Found 47 Years Later on Long Island Shore
ABC News 7: A Long Island school’s message in a bottle science experiment found 47 years later
News 12 Long Island: Message in a bottle found in Brookhaven nearly 5 decades later
Fios 1 News Long Island: Message in a Bottle Returned
Long Island Advance: Found: a science experiment, 47 years later
Greater Moriches: Message in a bottle science project found 46 years later
Newsday: Message in a bottle: LI school’s science experiment found 47 years later
East Hampton Star: Teacher’s Message in a Bottle Found 47 Years Later