May 7 - 1921: Current testing bottles reach Cape

Land here 2 years, and 300 miles after they were set adrift - A few also ended up in the Azores 2,000 miles away in half that time
From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Cod in 2 years. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

1921: Canadian current testing bottles reach the shores of Cape Cod

The government to the north set 330 bottles adrift in August 1919

On August 29, 1919, the Canadian Government tossed 330 bottles into the Bay of Fundy to test the ocean current. Two years later several of the bottles washed up on our beaches.

The distance between Cape Cod and the Bay of Fundy is 300 miles indicating the bottles which reached here traveled at about 4 miles a day. That computes to about .16 mph

The Biological Survey of Canada began their research in the Summer of 1919.

Each bottle contained a postcard on which was printed, besides the address of the biological station, an offer of a reward for those who would write down the time and date the bottles were found. 

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