In the early 1900s a bottle was released into the sea by George Parker Bidder. 108 years later, it has returned.
Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker, found the message from the past while on holiday with her husband on the North Sea island of Amrum.
Inside they found a postcard with no date but a message promising a reward of a shilling to anyone who returned it.
It turned out the bottle was one of 1,020 released into the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 by George Parker Bidder, a former president of the association.
Bidder released the bottles as part of a project to find out about deep sea currents.
The bottles were specially designed to float just above the sea bed, so they would be carried by the currents deep below the surface.
We previously had stories about messages in bottles. This one from 1906 and this one from 1913. It’s likely the bottles were beached somewhere else or stuck in the sand only to be let loose later on. Pretty neat find.