World’s oldest message in bottle washes ashore


A message in a bottle considered the oldest in the world has been found off the coast of Germany after spending greater than a century misplaced at sea. Inside the bottle had been messages in English, German and Dutch, with directions to return the bottle to England.

It was found by retired postal employee Marianne Winkler who was holidaying on the German Island of Amrum when she found the bottle floating in the ocean. She informed native paper the Amrum News {that a} word seen via the glass had directions to “break the bottle.”

“My husband, Horst, carefully tried to get the message out of the bottle, but there was no chance, so we had to do as it said,” she mentioned. Inside, the word requested whoever found the bottle to fill in particulars of the place they’d discovered it and ship it again to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, UK.

The word mentioned whoever discovered the bottle can be given one shilling. Staff on the affiliation found that the bottle was one in all 1,020 bottle forged into the North Sea in some unspecified time in the future between 1904 and 1906 as a part of an experiment to check the power of ocean currents.

“It was quite a stir when we opened that envelope, as you can imagine,” Communications Director of the Marine Biological Association Guy Baker informed the Telegraph.

“It was a time once they had been inventing methods to analyze what currents and fish did. Many of the bottles had been discovered by fishermen trawling with deep sea nets. Others washed up on the shore, and a few had been by no means recovered.

“Most of the bottles were found within a relatively short time. We’re talking months rather than decades,” he added. The affiliation is now in contact with Guinness World Records to see if the bottle’s discovery breaks the present document of 99 years.

A shilling has additionally been despatched to Marianne and Horst Winkler, simply as promised.