Kate Ebutt from England has found an encrypted bottle post in the river Don in Sheffield. Can a reader solve it?
James Simpson has posted an interesting comment in the Facebook group Codes & Classical Ciphers. He has come across an encrypted message on Instagram. This message was found by a woman named Kate Ebutt (katewhatiscalledkate) in a sealed jar weighed down the river Don in Sheffield, UK. Of course, I can’t guarantee that this story is true. However, if it is, we deal here with a kind of encryptd bottle post. I have blogged about encrypted bottle posts a few times before. This one is probably not related to one of the others.
As can be seen, the bottle post consists of two sheets, each containing a two line message. At the bottom the word “Bottle” is written. Both sheets were folded. Kate Ebutt didn’t provide a photograph of the jar the message was contained in.
At first view, the encryption used could be a MASC (mono-alphabetic substitution cipher). However, the letter resembling an “I” seems to appear a little too frequent.
I don’t think the script is a short hand, as the letters are not suitable for fluent writing.
Like with other encrypted bottle posts, I ask myself why it was made. A bottle that is thrown into the water usually doesn’t reach a particular person. I see no reason why a message that has no clearly defined recipient should be encrypted. So, the most likely explanation is that this and most other encrypted bottle posts are not more than nice gimmicks.
If you have a better idea on what this bottle post might be about or if you can solve the encryption, please let me know.
Further reading: The Top 50 unsolved encrypted messages: 50. The Cylob Cryptogram