Oldest Message In A Bottle Discovered After 108 Years

Posted: Aug 22 2015, 4:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 22 2015, 4:04am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Oldest Message in a Bottle Discovered After 108 Years

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The bottle with a message was found by a woman in Germany. The bottle was released by a famous researcher George Parker Bitter to learn about currents of deep sea

A recently discovered message in a bottle is believed to be the oldest ever found.

The message was inside a bottle and was released into the North Sea somewhere around 1904. A woman spotted the bottle on the beach in Amrum Island, Germany.

“It’s always a joy when someone finds a message in a bottle on beach.” Marianne Winkler, who found the bottle in April after nearly 108 years, told the media.

Winkler brought the bottle to her home and showed it to her husband. The clear glass bottle had a card inside with a message “Break the Bottle” on it. "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 said.

When they open the piece of paper, they found a message written in German, Dutch and English, requesting the finder to fill up the blanks on the card and returning it to “The Marine Biological Association Plymouth, England.” The person who returns it was also promised the reward of one shilling.

Marine Biological Association recognized it as one of the 1,020 thousand bottles that were released by famous researcher George Parker Bidder more than a century ago. The objective was “to find out the direction of deep currents of the North Sea.” The bottles were especially designed to float just above the seafloor so, more can be learn about deep sea current.

“We were very excited. We certainly weren’t expecting to receive any more of postcards,” said Guy Baker, a spokesman of MBA. “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 record.”

The couple who found the bottle was rewarded with one shilling as promised. Now, MBA is waiting the official verdict of Guinness World Records to announce it as the oldest message found in a bottle. Previous, record is held by a bottle found 99 years after.

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