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Oldest Message in Bottle Discovered by Couple on Australian Beach

Oldest Message in Oldest Message in Bottle Discovered by Couple on Australian Beach
Melinda Barton | 06 March, 2018, 18:00

The world's oldest message in a bottle was discovered on a remote Western Australian beach, a museum announced on Tuesday.

Tonya Illman, of Perth, picked up the bottle on a beach in January after the family vehicle got stuck and she made a decision to go for a walk, the BBC reports today.

She found and picked up the bottle, thinking it would be nice for her bookshelf, he added.

"My son's girlfriend was the one who discovered the note when she went to tip the sand out".

Inside an old Dutch gin bottle lodged in sand, they found a note handwritten by the crew of a German ship in 1886.

A message inside the bottle is dated June 12, 1886, and it was thrown overboard from a German sail vessel named Paula, 600 miles from the Australian coast.

On the back, it asked the finder to write when and where the bottle had been found and return it, either to the German Naval Observatory in Hamburg or the nearest German Consulate.

Ross Anderson, a curator at the Western Australian Museum, analyzed the bottle and the paper and found them to be genuine.

German authorities said the bottle was one of thousands thrown overboard during a 69-year-long oceanographic experiment to research global ocean currents and discover more efficient shipping routes. The last bottle with a note to be found was in Denmark in 1934. If it was "Ost" (east) then the bottle was tossed overboard around 900kms west of Mandurah in WA.

The boat, called the Paula, was a three-masted sailing ship that left Cardiff in Wales, most likely carrying coal to Makassar, which is now Indonesia.

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Experts from the Western Australian Museum later authenticated it as a message from a German ship.

It emerged the bottle was made in the Netherlands in the 19th century.

Only 662 message slips were returned and none of the bottles.

"I could easily make out the day and month, June 12th but the year was harder to decipher." claimed Kym.

The handwriting on the journal, and the message in the bottle, also matched, he added.

Experts. There's the other fascinating part of the story, told by Kym Illman, Tonya' husband, who details the process on his website.

The bottle found on Wedge Island was found "mostly exposed without any form of cork or closure, and was about a quarter full of damp sand", and the bottle appeared to have lain "buried or mostly buried", partially filled with damp sand, Dr Anderson added.