Aussie Finds World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle
The gin bottle containing the message was thrown overboard by the captain of a German naval expedition that took place between 1864 and 1933. [caption id="attachment_19748" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Painting of what the German research vessel looked like. Image: West Australia Museum[/caption] Maritime archaeologists at the Western Australia Museum told NPR that "Thousands of bottles were thrown into the world's oceans from German ships, each containing a form on which the captain would write the date it was jettisoned, the exact coordinates at the time, the name of the ship, its home port and travel route." [caption id="attachment_19749" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] The back of the message, intended to be filled out by its founder. Image: Kym Illman [/caption] Whoever found the message in the bottles was supposed to write in partially blank forms on the back of the letters where and when they found the bottles, then send them back to the researchers. And although over 600 bottles were actually sent back, this little gin bottle-floater apparently just decided to chill on the beach in Australia for about 132 years. And we can't blame it, 'cause those Australian beaches are damn beautiful.
The worlds oldest known message in a bottle found just north of Wedge Island in WA by this Perth couple. It was found half buried on the beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard from a German ship @9NewsPerth pic.twitter.com/V4Bt9FLGci— Michael Stamp (@StampyMichael) March 6, 2018
Images: YouTube / Kym Illman