Message in a mailboat.

After ten years at sea, postcards sent in a tiny boat to mark 80 years since the evacuation of St Kilda have been found by children in Norway. The miniature wooden schooner was sent to sea to mark the anniversary of the evacuation of the rugged archipelago, 112 miles west of the Scottish mainland.

For 4,000 years, people eked out an existence on the slopes of Hirta, the harbor of St Kilda. But after a pregnant woman died in 1930, the island’s last 36 inhabitants accepted that they had to leave. Ian McHardy, an archaeologist, made the miniature boat to follow an island tradition. People would regularly store mail in tiny craft and launch them in the hope that they would be picked up by passing ships or reach more populated shores.

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