A Courtenay [B.C.] man made the discovery of a lifetime when he came across a bottle containing a message dating all the way back to 1906.
Steve Thurber says he was walking along Schooner’s Cove in Tofino on Monday when he found the old bottle lying in the sand. It was in an area recently excavated as part of a Parks Canada invasive species restoration project.
The bottle was sealed and had a note inside.
Thurber, a regular beachcomber, has not opened the bottle and says he’d rather keep it intact like it’s been for all this time. The words on the paper were readable through the glass. Dated September 29, 1906, signed by Earl Willard, he was able to find the historical records of the ship, Steamer Rainier, sailing from San Francisco to Bellingham. Willard had thrown the bottle into the ocean. There is an envelope inside that can not be read. If authenticated, it will be the oldest message in a bottle ever found.
Check out the video at the link above. It’s really cool.