The oldest known message in a bottle, was just found on Australian beach, 132 years after being thrown overboard.
Tonya Illman discovered the old bottle half-buried in the sand, on a beach in Western Australia, 180 kilometers north of the state capital Perth.
The bottle was thrown overboard on 12th June 1886, 132 years ago, from Greenwich East.
The form reveals the date along with the ship’s name, home port, co-ordinates and travel route. Supplied: Kym Illman
The finder is requested to send the slip in the bottle to the German Naval Observatory in Hamburg, or the nearest consulate, for the return to the same agency after filling in the information on the back.
Tonya Illman, said:
“It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase.”
An artist’s drawing of the German sailing barque Paula in 1880. Supplied: Edouard Adam/WA Museum
You can read the Museum’s report