A really nice story, for a change. Sometimes strange things happen that are amazing.
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.
Addition: Uh oh, disputed! This bottle is 107 years old!
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