Over a century ago, a bottle was tossed into sea

A really nice story, for a change. Sometimes strange things happen that are amazing.

German Fisherman Finds ‘World’s Oldest Message In A Bottle’.

A message in a bottle tossed in the sea in Germany 101 years ago, believed to be the world’s oldest, has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter, a museum said Monday.

A fisherman pulled the beer bottle with the scribbled message out of the Baltic off the northern city of Kiel last month, Holger von Neuhoff of the International Maritime Museum in the northern port city of Hamburg told AFP.

Researchers then set to work identifying the author and managed to track down his 62-year-old granddaughter Angela Erdmann, who lives in Berlin.

Von Neuhoff said researchers were able to determine based on the address that it was 20-year-old baker’s son Richard Platz who threw the bottle in the Baltic while on a hike with a nature appreciation group in 1913.

The discovery will be on display at the museum until May 1, after which experts will set to work trying to decipher the rest of the message.

The previous world record was a 98 year old message in a bottle, which was dating back to 1914.

Photo credit: Uwe Paesler     DPA /LANDOV

Photo credit: Uwe Paesler

Addition: Uh oh, disputed! This bottle is 107 years old!
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  1 comment for “Over a century ago, a bottle was tossed into sea

  1. Angela
    April 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Well that is a nice story and I am glad that the granddaughter was located. On the dispute, I see that the bottle alleged to be older has not been opened. That does make the one found in Germany a bit more official I would think. (side thought–I have to wonder if the Canadian has watched too many Antiques Road Show episodes where someone was told that if they had just left something alone, it would have been worth more.)

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