The oldest message in a bottle was recently found in Australia.
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What's thought to be the oldest message in a bottle yet found has been picked up on a beach in Western Australia. Howl Griffith in Sydney has the details.
Initially it seemed too good to be true. When Tonya Ullman discovered a glass gin bottle poking out of the sand with a damp note rolled up inside, she suspected an elaborate hoax. But she kept the bottle thinking it might look good on her bookcase
After drying out the paper noting in her roven, she then found a message written in German which appeared to be 132 years old. It gave the coordinates of a vessel named Paula, which had been sailing in the Indian Ocean nearly 600 miles away.
A little more detective work online and some help from the Museum of Western Australia helped to corroborate the details and authenticate the find. The ship had been en route from Cardiff to Indonesia. The bottle would have been thrown overboard by the crew as part of an experiment by the German Naval Observatory to track global ocean currents.
The note instructed the finder to send it back to Hamburg. The bottle will however stay in Australia and go on display in the museum in Perth.