Oldest known message in a bottle found on beach in western Australia

Randolph Lopez
March 7, 2018

Amazingly, that bottle was discovered earlier this year on a beach in Australia, making it the oldest message in a bottle ever found - a time capsule, 131 years in the making.

The rectangular bottle was discovered half-buried in sand dunes near Wedge Island, some 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Perth, in January.

The ABC reported her as saying that it looked like a lovely old bottle, so she picked it up and thought it may look good in her bookcase.

The message was dated June 12, 1886, and explained that the bottle was thrown overboard from the German sailing ship "Paula", 950 km from the Western Australia coast.

It's believed thousands of these bottles were thrown into the ocean in the 19th century to help scientists map ocean currents. They were supposed to return it to the nearest German consulate or to the German Naval Observatory in Hamburg.

Details from the Illmans' message matched Paula's maritime records, and Anderson also compared handwriting samples with captain's entries in Paula's meteorological journal.

Previously, the Guinness world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, between it being sent and found.

They took the message and bottle to the Western Australian Museum for confirmation.

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It's always exciting to discover a message in a bottle, but rarely ones that are 132 years old.

Back in 2013, someone in British Columbia, Canada found a message in a bottle from 1906.

Tonya's husband, Kym Illman, is a photographer and marketing consultant who set up a website about the find.

Too damp to open initially, according to the account, the group waited for it to dry and were amazed to see that it was carefully handwritten in German. Each contained a slip of paper marked with the date, the exact coordinates of the ship when the bottle was jettisoned, the name of the ship, its home port, and the route it was travelling.

The family brought their find to the Western Australian Museum. The last time one of the notes was found was in 1934 in Denmark. According to the museum, he determined it was a mid-to-late 19th-century Dutch gin bottle, and the form inside was written on cheaply-made 19th-century paper. Kym could make out the letters "aula" and guessed the ship might be Paula. The Illman family has since loaned the note and bottle to the museum.

"This has been the most remarkable event of my life", said Mrs Illman.

"To think that this bottle has not been touched for almost 132 years and is in flawless condition, despite the elements, beggars belief".

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