World's oldest message in a bottle discovered?



2015-08-24 13:46:54

It is at least 109-years-old, and could be the world's oldest message in a bottle ever found.

George Parker Bidder of the UK's Marine Biological Association threw the bottle (above) into the North Sea between 1904-1906.

Now it has been found on a beach in Amrum, Germany – 300 miles from where it started its journey.

The bottle was one of more than 1,000 released by Bidder to investigate ocean currents.

Inside was a note promising a shilling to the person who returned it to the association. The finder, a holidaying retired postal worker, has since received her reward after finding the bottle in April.  

Guy Baker, communications director at the Marine Biological Association, told the Telegraph: “It was a time when they were inventing ways to investigate what currents and fish did. Many of the bottles were found by fishermen trawling with deep sea nets. Others washed up on the shore, and some were never recovered.

“Most of the bottles were found within a relatively short time. We’re talking months rather than decades.”

The association is now waiting to hear whether it is indeed a record. The previous high mark is thought to be 99 years and 43 days, set by a bottle discovered near the Shetland Islands in 2013.

Bottle collecting is a hugely popular pastime, particularly in the US where the rarest vintage milk bottles can sell for hundreds of dollars. 

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