PORTLAND -- What’s believed to be the world’s oldest ‘message in a bottle’ has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter, 101 years after being tossed in the sea in Germany.
A fisherman found the century-old beer bottle in the Baltic sea last month. Inside was a postcard with a message scrawled on it. The postcard was dated May 17, 1913.
Researchers went to work to identify the author, and were able to track down his 62-year-old granddaughter. Angela Erdmann, who lives in Berlin, Germany, told the German news agency DPA “It was almost unbelievable.”
The message and the bottle are on display at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Germany.
The museum’s director, Holger von Neuhoff, told London’s Guardian newspaper : “This is certainly the first time such an old message in a bottle was found, particularly with the bottle intact.”
Much of the ink on the postcard was rendered illegible by time and dampness.
According to the report in The Guardian, researchers were able to figure out that it was 20-year-old Richard Platz, a baker’s son, who threw the bottle into the Baltic while on a hike in 1913 with a nature appreciation group.