The world’s oldest recognized message in a bottle has actually been found washed up on a remote beach in Western Australia.
Perth resident Tonya Illman stumbled upon the bottle half-buried on a beach near Wedge Island in January while getting rubbish.
The bottle’s origin was traced to Germany where a series of experiments spanning 69 years saw thousands of bottles flung into the ocean to much better understand currents and reveal more effective shipping routes.
This bottle had actually been launched from the German barque “Paula” in 1886.
It contained a kind on which the captain had actually composed the date, the co-ordinates and the name of the ship.
The person who found the bottle was then asked to compose where when it was found then guidelines to send it back to the German Naval Observatory in Hamburg or the nearest German consulate.
The find has actually been authenticated by the Western Australian Museum and by comparing the handwriting on the note with the ship’s meteorological journal, which showed a match with the Paula’s captain.
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