Perth household finds world’s oldest message in a bottle

While exploring sand dunes in Western Australia, a Perth household has found the world’s oldest message in a bottle on a distant seaside. According to the consultants, it was thrown into the ocean 132 years in the past.

An Australian household has found the world’s oldest message in a bottle. Image by PhotoStock-Israel/Getty Images

Tonya Illman noticed the vintage gin bottle among the many dunes considering it would look good on a bookshelf, whereas her husband attended to their automotive which was caught within the sand. She informed the BBC they might see some paper within the bottle rolled up like a cigarette, but it surely wasn’t till they went home and dried the bottle out that they found a the handwritten message from the German ship Paula, dated 12 June 1886. The beforehand Guinness World Record for the oldest found message in a bottle was 108 years. 

The bottle was found on a seaside in Perth. Image by Jennifer A Smith/Getty Images

The Illmans informed the BBC that once they noticed the date they thought it was too far-fetched to be actual. But they took it to consultants on the Western Australian Museum who investigated and confirmed its origins. “Incredibly, an archival search in Germany found Paula’s original Meteorological Journal and there was an entry for 12 June 1886 made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard. The date and the coordinates correspond exactly with those on the bottle message,” Dr Ross Anderson, Assistant Curator Maritime Archaeology on the WA Museum, mentioned. The handwriting on the journal, and the message within the bottle, additionally matched, he added.

The bottle was jettisoned within the south-eastern Indian Ocean whereas the ship was travelling from Cardiff to Indonesia. It in all probability washed up on the Australian coast inside 12 months, the place it was buried below the shifting sand dunes.

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