A message in a bottle, written 101 years ago in Germany and thrown into the Baltic Sea, has been pulled from the water by a fisherman.
The message is believed to be the world’s oldest and was presented to the writer’s granddaughter.
A fisherman pulled the old beer bottle containing the note from the sea just off the German city of Kiel.
It is the first time a message this old has been found and it is especially rare for the bottle to still be intact.
The message was written on a postcard and requested that the finder returned it to his home address in Berlin.
Researchers determined that the writer had been 20 year old, Richard Platz, who had thrown the bottle into the sea as part of a nature appreciation group hike in 1913.
Most of the message is now unreadable due to water damage, but the bottle will be on display at Hamburg museum until May 1st, before experts will attempt to decipher the rest of the message.
The Guinness World Records revealed that before this latest find, the oldest message in a bottle was from 1914 and had spent 98 years in the water before being found.
Article written by D Mulhern