According to a recent news report, a 108-year-old message in a bottle was found on a German beach in April. Ironically, the finder was Marianne Winkler, a retired postal worker, who was in vacation with her husband, reports have written.
Messages in the bottle are always interesting to see because they offer insights from remote historical eras and they connect us to people that existed long time ago. Marianne Winkler’s feelings were much more powerful when she first spotted the bottle on the German beach of Amrum. As a postal worker, she has always taken care to effectively deliver people’s messages in due time, but she never thought she would have the opportunity of transmitting a 108-year-old message.
The couple has stated that they broke the bottle as soon as they saw that there was a message inside it. The postal card was signed by George Parker Bidder, who promised a shilling to the finder of the bottle who returned the message to the UK Marine Biological Association (MBA) where it belonged.
The Winkler family were indeed rewarded with an old English shilling by the MBA after the former sent the letter to the Plymouth headquarters of the marine institution. According to the association, the message in the bottle was released somewhere between 1904 and 1906 to test ocean currents in the North Sea.
The sender of the message in the bottle, George Parker Bidder was the president of UK’s Marine Biological Association between 1939 and 1945. It has been reported that he released approximately 1,000 bottles in the North Sea during the same period of time to carry out his marine research.
The finding of the bottle has helped scientists set a new record for similar messages. While their achievement has not yet been acknowledged, the association thinks the 108-year-old message in the bottle will soon be recognized as the oldest letter to have ever been found on the sea. The current record is held by a message that was sent 99 years and 43 days ago.
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